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Vatican Bank chairman gets Pope’s blessing

POPE BENEDICT XVI has expressed his full confidence in the chairman of the Institute for Religious Works (IOR) – commonly known as the Vatican Bank – just days after Rome prosecutors began investigating the institution for violating anti-money laundering regulations, writes Robert Mickens. In a highly symbolic gesture, the Pope on Sunday greeted the chairman, Ettore Gotti Tedeschi, before several thousand people attending the noontime Angelus at Castel Gandolfo. The IOR chairman and its director

general, Paolo Cipriani, were placed under investigation on 15 September for failing to report 23 million euros in bank transfers. The Vatican insisted that the investigation was the result of a misunderstanding and could easily be clarified. Pope Benedict appointed Mr Gotti

Tedeschi to his post a year ago to modernise and bring transparency to the IOR, which is a savings bank for religious orders and other church institutions. Mr Gotti Tedeschi is reportedly trying to eliminate IOR accounts held by persons and entities with no connection to religious institutions.

Regnum Christi inquiry head named

ARCHBISHOP Ricardo Blázquez of Valladolid has been named head of the Vatican’s investigation (apostolic visitation) of the Regnum Christi ecclesial movement, a 70,000-strong group connected to the Legion of Christ, writes Robert Mickens. The 68-year-old Rome-trained theologian was one of the four bishops who carried out the Vatican visitation of the Legion of Christ last year, which followed revelations that the conservative order’s late founder, Fr Marcial Maciel, had lived a double life of sexual immorality and financial corruption. Maciel also founded Regnum Christi. Archbishop Blázquez is a former president and now vice-president of the Spanish bishops’ conference. Meanwhile, reports this week said Pope Benedict has appointed four clerics to assist his personal delegate, Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, in reforming the Legion of Christ. They included Bishop Brian Farrell, 66, an Irish-born member of the Legion.


'Talking Across Gaps: Religion,Translation, and Truth'

A public discussion between Michael Barnes SJ (Reader in

Interreligious Relations at Heythrop College) and Gerard J Hughes SJ (author of Fidelity without Fundamentalism: a Dialogue with Tradition).

Wednesday 20 October, 6pm To register email HEYTHROP COLLEGE University of London

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