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Vatican ratifies international treaties on crime, terrorism

January 26, 2012

The Holy See has formally ratified three international accords aimed against organized crime, drug trafficking, and the financing of terrorism.

In a January 26 announcement from Rome, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Secretary for Relations with States, said that the ratifications demonstrate “a further recognition by the Holy See of the efforts of the community of States to prevent and combat the most serious forms of transnational criminal activity.”

The statement included a reminder that last year the Vatican implemented a set of new policies covering banking and financial transfers, to comply with new European standards against money-laundering. These standards have been adopted largely as a means of curtailing financial support for terrorism and criminal activities.


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