Pope Francis spreads holy water on the coffin during the funeral ceremony for late Indian Cardinal D. Simon Lourdusamy, in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, on June 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE
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Pope Francis sacked the five-man board of the Vatican's financial watchdog on Thursday -- all Italians -- in the latest move to break with an old guard associated with a murky past under his predecessor.The Vatican said the pope named four experts from Switzerland, Singapore, the United States and Italy to replace them on the board of the Financial Information Authority (AIF), the Holy See's internal regulatory office. Reformers inside the Vatican had been pushing for the pope, who already has taken a series of steps to clean up Vatican finances, to appoint professionals with an international background to work with Rene Bruelhart, a Swiss lawyer who heads the AIF and who has been pushing for change.Vatican sources said Bruelhart, Liechtenstein's former top anti-money laundering expert, was chafing under the old board and wanted Francis to appoint global professionals like him.
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