The Vatican is trying to comply with the recommendations last year of the European Council’s anti-money laundering “Moneyval” committee. Photograph: Andrew Medichini/AP

In yet another indication of his desire to clean up the administration of the Holy See, Pope Francis yesterday issued a “motu proprio” strengthening t(...)

A flower mosaic is created in  Saint Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The director and deputy director of the Vatican’s bank have resigned following the arrest of a senior cleric with close connections to the bank who is accused of plotting to smuggle €20 million into Italy from Switzerland. Photograph: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

The director and deputy director of the Vatican bank resigned today following the arrest of a senior cleric with close connections to the bank who is (...)