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Vatican finance intel chief says 'steps remain to be taken'


Vatican City, August 13 - A new papal decree aimed
at combating money laundering and corruption "is a positive
sign," the Vatican's head of financial intelligence said
Tuesday, but cautioned that "some steps still needed to be
"I don't think it would be opportune to have misplaced
expectations," added René Bruelhart, head of the Holy See's
Financial Information Authority (AIF), in an interview with
Vatican Radio.
Last week Pope Francis issued a law, known as a "motu
proprio", that gives the AIF the new task of supervision over
all areas of the Roman Curia, the Church's administration, as
well as its other institutions.
"Obviously at the front of the line is the Institute of
Religious Works," said Bruelhart, referring to the formal name
of the Vatican Bank, whose reputation has been mired by scandal
allegations for decades.
"Crucially we have created the right tools so that - while
hopefully it will not happen - if more unfortunate incidents
occur, the tools are there to take concrete, or even proactive,
Francis is keen to remove stains from the bank's reputation
and get the Vatican onto the "white list" of countries with
unimpeachable credentials by working with the Council of
Europe's Moneyval anti-money-laundering agency.
The new regulations establish a new body, the Financial
Security Committee, for the purpose of "coordinating the
competent authorities of the Holy See and the Vatican City State
in the area of prevention and countering of money laundering,
the financing of terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of
mass destruction".

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