Pope Francis has moved quickly to reform the scandal-ridden Vatican bank. The Swiss Guard and ATMs that give instructions in Latin, however, will remain unchanged.
Pope Francis said Thursday that the Vatican's internal watchdog, the Financial Information Authority (FIA), would have increased powers over the bank and other financial activities.
Pope Benedict XVI, signed a document in 2005 that said homosexual men should not be priests. Pope Francis says gay clergymen should be forgiven.
Prosecutors suspect two former Vatican bank executives of laundering money, based on incomplete data on bank transfers that prosecutors say violated money laundering laws.
The election of Francis is being interpreted as a victory for reform-minded cardinals, and may herald sweeping changes for the scandal-beset Catholic Church.
As the cardinals seal themselves away in St. Peter's Basilica to begin their deliberations over the next leader of the Catholic Church, a handful of frontrunners have emerged.
Until recently, American candidates faced unease about US hegemony. With the end of the cold war and decline in American power, a couple of US cardinals are getting serious attention.
One of Benedict XVI's last decisions elevates German 'Knight of Malta' to head bank at heart of Vatileaks storm and money-laundering probe.
Paolo Gabriele, the once-trusted valet who used to dress the 85-year-old German pontiff, is charged under Vatican law with the 'aggravated theft' of confidential papers.
Pope Benedict's former butler will be tried on an aggravated theft charge over leaking documents claiming corruption in the Vatican. There is also a computer expert charged with involvement in the case.