Vatican probes two ex-bank managers for embezzlement

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VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican says two former managers of its bank have been put under investigation by the Holy See for suspected embezzlement in connection with real estate deals from 2001-2008.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi gave no details in his statement Saturday, December 6th. A separate statement by the bank said that the investigation of against the two ex-managers and a lawyer was launched months ago.

It described the probe as reflecting the bank’s resolve to achieve transparency as internal housekeeping continues, and gave no further details.

Getting the Holy See’s financial operations in order is a priority of Pope Francis’ papacy.