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In Vatican finance reform rules, pope cements power for Cardinal Pell
In Vatican finance reform rules, pope cements power for Cardinal Pell

Pope Francis has taken action that appears to confirm his faith in the controversial head of a task force he created to clean up the Vatican's finances. On the pope's orders, new legal statutes were published Tuesday cementing most of the powers that were given to the Secretariat for the Economy, which Francis set up a year ago and is headed by the outspoken Australian Cardinal George Pell. The statutes went into effect Sunday. The Vatican's hitherto murky finances will be overseen by the Council for the Economy, made up of eight prelates and seven lay people. The council will formulate policy, and the Secretariat for the Economy will carry it out. An independent auditor...

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