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Vatican - New books detail a divided Vatican plagued by corruption

Two new books by Italian journalists depict a Vatican plagued by mismanagement, greed, cronyism and corruption and where Pope Francis still faces stiff resistance from the old guard to his reform agenda.

The books, “Merchants in the Temple,” by Gianluigi Nuzzi and “Avarice,” by Emiliano Fittipaldi, which are being released in Italy on Wednesday, have already been condemned by the Vatican.

On Monday, the Vatican said the books “generate confusing, partial, and tendentious interpretations” in a statement that announced the arrest of two members of a commission the pope had set up to study financial reforms.

The two, including a high-ranking cleric of the Holy See, were arrested on suspicion of leaking confidential documents to the authors.

One highlight of Nuzzi’s book, which was made available to Reuters before publication, is the transcript of a recording of the pope at a meeting in July 2013 - four months after his election - in which he complains to top Vatican officials about its murky finances.

Read more: Europe - New books detail a divided Vatican plagued by corruption - France 24

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