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Pope Francis Appoints Women for Top Posts in the Vatican

One of these women will be handling the Vatican's controversial financial watchdog.

In a landmark move, Pope Francis appointed two women to key positions in the Vatican.

The Holy See Press Office announced that the Holy Father has appointed Dr. Raffaella Vincenti as office head of the Vatican Apostolic Library. She had previously served as secretary of the Library. (Read: Vatican Archives Now Open to Researchers)

Pope Francis also named Professor Antonella Sciarrone Alibrandi as a Member of the managing board of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (AIF)—the agency involved in the Vatican’s fight against money-laundering and financing of terrorism.

Professor Alibrandi is a professor at the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart in Milan. She is a member of the Milan Bar Association, President of the Association of Economics and Law Professors, and a member of the Union of Catholic Jurists.

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(Left) The Holy Father has appointed the distinguished Professor Antonella Sciarrone Alibrandi, pro-rector of the Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Italy, as member of the managing board of the Financial Information Authority. (Photo from Catholic News World) (Right) Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (Photo from Vatican News)

Vatican’s Financial Watchdog

The AIF has met several controversies in the past years. It was established by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI on December 30, 2019, and was headed by René Brülhart.

In October 2019, the agency has been under a series of controversial police raids and an investigation into a London real estate deal.

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Pope Francis replaces René Brülhart as the president of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (Photo from The Wall Street Journal)

Vatican prosecutors have been investigating allegations of corruption in the Secretariat of State’s purchase of a luxury residence in London in 2012. In March 2019, the AIF got involved when a high-ranking Vatican official filed a suspicious transaction report.

The AIF launched an intelligence investigation to trace the financial flows and try to nab those who allegedly defrauded the Vatican.

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