Bankrolling the Vatican

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Pope Francis meets with Vatican employees and their families at the Paul VI Hall on December 22, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican.

Gerald Posner talks about the the world’s biggest, most powerful religious institution, the Vatican, and the cardinals-turned-financiers at the heart of it. God’s Bankers: A History of Money and Power at the Vatican traces the political intrigue and inner workings of the Catholic Church, as well as the church’s accumulation of wealth and its byzantine entanglements with financial markets across the world.