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Vatican Orders External Audit of Assets in Show of Transparency

The Vatican said on Saturday it had ordered the first external audit of its assets as part of a drive by Pope Francis to bring transparency to its finances where millions of euros have gone unrecorded without any central oversight. Papal spokesman Federico Lombardi said auditors PricewaterhouseCoopers would start work immediately. The pope has promised to overhaul the Vatican's murky financial management, which have been hit by repeated scandals in recent years, however he has met...

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