Pope Francis has announced new anti-corruption rules for top officials as part of his drive to clean up the Vatican following a series of scandals.
Senior managers and administrators at the Holy See, the central governing body of the Catholic Church, will have to declare they have no convictions or are not under investigation for corruption, terrorism or exploitation of minors.
They will also be banned from certain investments, while all Vatican employees must no longer accept work-related gifts worth over 40 euros ($48).
“Faithfulness in matters of little consequence is related to faithfulness in more important ones,” the pope wrote in the new “motu proprio”, a legal document issued under his personal authority.
Soon after being elected leader of the world’s 1.3 billion Catholics in 2013, Francis vowed to continue efforts to fight corruption begun by his predecessor, Benedict XVI.