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09 July 2014 | by Hannah Roberts in Rome

Pope Francis appoints new head of Vatican bank

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In the latest of Pope Francis’ sweeping reforms to Vatican finances, he has appointed a new board to the scandal-plagued Vatican Bank (IOR) with French financier Jean-Baptiste de Franssu as president.

The outgoing president, German industrialist Ernst von Freyberg, who was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in one of his final acts as pope, said the IOR had completed the first phase of its reforms, investigating all of its clients and has now “created transparency”.

The IOR are closing more than 3,000 suspect or inactive accounts and had terminated more than 300 customer relationships after deeming that they did not have the criteria to hold an account at the bank, he said.

Above: French financier Jean-Baptiste de Franssu, Photo: Reuters

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