Pope Francis has taken a revolutionary step by inviting outside experts to check the Vatican’s scandal-plagued finances.
The Secretariat for the Economy will answer directly to the pope and will be headed by Australian Cardinal George Pell, currently the archbishop of Sydney.
The aim is to ensure the Catholic church’s wealth is better used to help the poor and marginalised. The inclusion of the lay members is seen as a move by the pope to bring more outside expertise into the often closed world of Vatican finances to avoid repeats of scandals that have hit the Holy See for decades.
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