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Cardinal Pell, centre, with Jean-Baptise de Franssu, president of the Vatican bank, and former president Ernst Von Freyberg (Photo: CNS)

Just because funds were off balance sheet does not mean they were ‘illegal, illicit or poorly administered’, says Fr Lombardi

René Brülhart, the first lay chairman of the Vatican Financial Information Authority (CNS)

In an exclusive article Cardinal George Pell explains his mission to sort out the Vatican’s finances

Cardinal George Pell: Vatican finances were allowed to 'lurch along, disregarding modern accounting standards' (CNS)

Cardinal George Pell offers candid account of financial reforms in an exclusive article in the first issue of the new Catholic Herald magazine

Pope Francis poses with cardinal advisers during a meeting at the Vatican  last year (CNS)

The so-called C9 held its sixth meeting earlier this week with Pope Francis at the Vatican

Mgr Alfred Xuereb assists Francis with his skullcap at a general audience (AP)

Pope names Mgr Alfred Xuereb general secretary of the new Secretariat for the Economy

Pope Francis greets an engaged couple earlier this month (CNS)

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Cardinal Pell, centre, was named prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy in February (CNS)

Archbishop of Sydney to oversee all financial operations of the Holy See