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Holy See, US sign agreement to combat money laundering, terrorism financing

Catholic World News - May 08, 2013

The Financial Intelligence Authority of the Holy See and Vatican City State has signed an agreement with the US Treasury Department’s Financial Crimes Enforcement Network to share information to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism.

“This is a clear indication the Holy See and the Vatican City State take international responsibilities to combat money laundering and the financing of terrorism very seriously, and that we are cooperating at the highest levels,” said René Brülhart, director of the Financial Intelligence Authority. “The Vatican has shown that it is a credible partner internationally and has made a clear commitment in the exchange of information in this fight.”

The Holy See has signed similar agreements with Belgium, Slovenia, and Spain and is in negotiations with 20 other nations.

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