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Italian archbishop calls for 10-year ban on godparents to stop Mafia infiltration

After a pledge by Pope Francis to "excommunicate" mobsters from the Catholic Church, an archbishop in southern Italy has proposed a 10-year ban on naming godparents at baptisms and confirmations as a way to stop the mafia from spreading its influence.

Msgr. Giuseppe Fiorini Morosini, the archbishop of Reggio Calabria, wrote to Francis some time ago with his suggestion "to prevent the exploitation of the church," in particular by the powerful Calabrian mafia known as 'Ndrangheta, and discussed his proposal with the pope at the Vatican last weekend.

Vatican financial watchdog signs accord with U.S. Treasury Department

In its latest bid to tackle corruption and increase transparency, the Vatican's financial watchdog has signed a bilateral accord to exchange information with its counterpart in the U.S.

On Monday, officials with the Financial Information Authority announced it endorsed the agreement with the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, an independent body in the U.S. Treasury Department responsible for regulating and supervising domestic and foreign banks.

Pope met Franciscan seminarians after order's seminary closed

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Pope Francis met privately in early June with seminarians belonging to the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate Conception, a religious order placed under the direction of an apostolic commissioner a year earlier.

Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesman, confirmed Wednesday that Pope Francis met with the youngest members of the order June 10. "All the seminarians" of the order were invited, he said.

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