A seagull flies over a statue at St Peter's square during a weekly general audience of Pope Francis on June 8, 2016 in Vatican. / AFP / TIZIANA FABI
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The Vatican Friday scrapped a plan for a major international accounting firm to carry out its first full external audit but insisted the change would not affect its drive for financial transparency.The Vatican, which is a sovereign state, said in a statement that the work would instead be done by its own Auditor General with assistance from Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC).The Vatican suspended an audit by PwC in April, saying it wanted to review several key clauses.Friday's statement said a new agreement had been reached with PwC that conformed with Vatican law and was more adaptable to the Vatican's needs.
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