- Jan 27, 2021
With no international trips this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, the prolonged immobility provided Pope Francis some much-needed time to focus on cleaning out his own backyard, perhaps most notably when it comes to money.
As the Vatican is undergoing its annual review from the Council of Europe’s financial watchdog following a year of money-related scandals, Pope Francis Thursday condemned the prioritizing of money over people, and touted several steps the Holy See has taken to ensure financial transparency.
In Francis’s new “Reform 2.0,” which has come into focus over the last four months or so, the assumption is almost exactly the opposite: If you have an Italian problem, then you need your own Italians to fix it.
The Vatican announced Tuesday that internal investigators have seized documents and computers from the office and residence of the former head of a powerful department responsible for investments.