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Meet the Vatican’s Finance Chief: This Week in the Back Office

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This week, The Wall Street Journal published a fascinating look at a finance leader with difficult job: Cardinal George Pell, the pope's finance officer tasked with managing the Vatican's finances.

It's a big job with, as the article lays out, many challenges: from navigating a sprawling bureaucracy — the Vatican alone has 136 departments with separate accounting processes — to balancing internal rivalries, extensive financial interests, and the need to reassure followers worldwide about the church's financial practices.

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