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Pope Wants Closer Look At Vatican's Finance Reform

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Pope Francis greets the crowd as he arrives for his general audience at St Peter's square on November 27, 2013 at the Vatican. | VINCENZO PINTO via Getty Images

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is trying to get a better handle on the reform of the troubled Vatican bank and the Holy See's finances, naming his top assistant to look into the work of two commissions of inquiry he set up this year.

Francis on Thursday named his personal secretary, Monsignor Alfred Xuereb, to be his delegate to the two committees. A Vatican statement said Xuereb was tasked with "keeping his eye on the committees and keeping him informed ... on their working procedures and possible initiatives."

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the aim was purely to smooth communication between the pope and the commissions as they wrap up their work ahead of an upcoming meeting between the pope and his eight cardinal advisers.

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