Posts Tagged ‘René Brülhart’

Indicted former Vatican finance watchdog resigns from Swiss bank role

Thursday, August 26th, 2021

The former head of the Vatican’s financial intelligence agency has resigned from the board of directors of a Swiss bank. René Brülhart left the board of Hypothekarbank Lenzburg AG at the end of last week for “personal reasons.” He is currently on trial in Vatican City for abuse of office during his tenure as president Read more

Pope appoints new head financial watchdog

Monday, December 2nd, 2019

Pope Francis, Thursday, appointed Carmelo Barbagallo as president of the Vatican’s financial watchdog, the Financial Information Authority (AIF). Barbagallo, 63 is an auditor and Italian banking consultant in the areas of banking, financial supervision and Single Supervisory Mechanism. Previously he was head of the banking and financial supervision department of the Bank of Italy. “I Read more

Unexpected: Vatican replaces financial watchdog head

Thursday, November 21st, 2019

Amid a brewing financial scandal over the Holy See’s investments in London real estate, Pope Francis, Monday, announced he will replace the Vatican’s top financial watchdog official. Announcing René Brülhart’s replacement, the Vatican said Pope Francis has chosen a new president but does not name him or her. The three-sentence announcement said Francis thanked Brülhart Read more

The Vatican’s quiet reformer

Thursday, May 4th, 2017

It was an unusual way for a Vatican official to begin a talk at Oxford University’s shiny new school for public policy wonks: By commemorating a dead cardinal. And even more unusual when the official is a layman. After beginning with a joke that the Vatican had rather more thick walls and fewer windows than Read more

Vatican financial watchdog finds ‘suspicious transactions’

Friday, May 24th, 2013

The new Vatican financial watchdog set up to prevent money-laundering says it uncovered six “suspicious transactions” last year, one involving the Vatican Bank. Two of those cases were forwarded to Vatican prosecutors for further investigation, and the other four may still warrant more formal probes, the Financial Information Agency said in its first annual report. Read more

Interview with Vatican Financial Oversight Director

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

René Brülhart, 40, has been the director of the Vatican’s Financial Information Authority (FIA) for nearly half a year. The Swiss lawyer and former head of Liechtenstein’s financial intelligence unit is on a mission to clear the Vatican Bank of all suspicions of money laundering and other illegal financial transactions. SPIEGEL: Mr. Brülhart, are you partly Read more