God & Gov: Lebanon Edition and Sordid Secrets in the Vatican Bank

Lebanon: Where Religious Clout and Political Power Collide

This week, Maureen is back from her travels to Lebanon for the latest in our God and Government series. We’ll meet a host of people whose lives have been shaped by the country’s close connection between religion and state, including the first couple to officially marry in a non-religious ceremony; the archbishop of Beirut, who uses his religious clout to help citizens find government jobs; and a woman in Beirut who relies on the militant Muslim group Hezbollah to keep her lights on.

Dirty Dealings at the Vatican Bank

We open the vaults of the Vatican Bank, an institution that may be blessed by God, but has been manipulated by the hands of men since its establishment in the early 1940s. We’ll wade through the bank’s backroom dealings with a host of unseemly characters, from the Nazis to Italian mobsters, who have made good use of this secretive, tax-free hideout inside a holy institution. Pope Francis has now ordered a major reform.

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