Carol Elliott | November 5, 2015
In February, Pope Francis gathered with the College of Cardinals and a group of lay people inside Vatican City’s Synod Hall for a historic event: to receive an update on the financial health of the Holy See.
Until very recently, only the pope and a small group of his closest aides were privy to the details of the Vatican Bank’s financial status. But Pope Francis has made financial reform a top priority, not only opening the books for scrutiny but convening a panel including six highest-caliber lay Catholics. Joseph Zahra, a former chairman of Malta’s Bank of Valletta and director of the island nation’s central bank, was selected to serve as chair.
Zahra will be speaking at the University of Notre Dame about the pope’s groundbreaking move during a talk at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11 (Wednesday) in the Eck Visitors Center Auditorium.