VATICAN CITY — The appointment of a new pontifical commission to advise Pope Francis about the Institute for Religious Works, usually called the Vatican Bank, was desired expressly by the Pope, local sources say.
This was “Pope Francis’ personal choice. It strays from the usual dynamic through which these decisions are taken,” a Vatican official, speaking under the condition of anonymity, told Catholic News Agency on June 26.
The possibility of a reform or even of an abolition of the Institute for Religious Works was raised during the pre-conclave meetings of cardinals in March.
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