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Pope Francis attends an audience with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican January 13, 2014.
Pope Francis attends an audience with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican January 13, 2014.
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Pope moves aggressively to fix Vatican bank, shows he’s prepared to damn any deals made by Benedict

When Pope Benedict XVI resigned last winter and the horse race began to find his replacement, a debate broke inside and outside the Vatican about the ideal qualities of any new leader of the world’s one billion Catholics. Should he be a man of God and a brilliant theologian? Or a reformer who could clean up the sclerotic, scandal-prone Vatican bureaucracy; a sort of Jack Welch in a white cassock and zucchetto?