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VOA英语2010年-Vatican Cracks Down on Financial Loopholes

时间:2011-01-10 03:11来源:互联网 提供网友:kz460363   字体: [ ]
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The Pope has signed into law new rules aimed at making the financial dealings of the Vatican Bank more transparent1. The move comes as the bank is being investigated over money laundering2 claims.


The Vatican is setting up a financial watchdog to monitor suspicious financial transactions. Its aim is to bring more oversight3 to finances at the Vatican Bank, along with all other departments at the Holy See.

The Vatican has a special status as an independent state within Italy and up until now has been exempted4 from international banking5 regulations. It had until the 31st of December, however, to bring its rules in line with the rest of Europe.

Speaking Thursday, Vatican spokesperson Father Federico Lombardi said the Vatican wants to make the system transparent so that criminals can't exploit the financial sector6. "These new laws have the finality to enforce the international system of controls to avoid money laundering and the financing of terrorism."

The move comes only a few months after prosecutors7 in Rome launched a criminal investigation8 into alleged9 money laundering by the Vatican Bank's director and his deputy. The Italian authorities seized $30 million that the Vatican had deposited at a bank in Italy without identifying who was depositing the money or who it was for. That investigation is still ongoing10. Neither man has been charged and both men deny wrongdoing.

The Vatican said the new financial authority will start its operations on April 1. The chairman will be named by the Pope.


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1 transparent Smhwx     
adj.明显的,无疑的;透明的
参考例句:
  • The water is so transparent that we can see the fishes swimming.水清澈透明,可以看到鱼儿游来游去。
  • The window glass is transparent.窗玻璃是透明的。
2 laundering laundering     
n.洗涤(衣等),洗烫(衣等);洗(钱)v.洗(衣服等),洗烫(衣服等)( launder的现在分词 );洗(黑钱)(把非法收入改头换面,变为貌似合法的收入)
参考例句:
  • Separate the white clothes from the dark clothes before laundering. 洗衣前应当把浅色衣服和深色衣服分开。 来自《简明英汉词典》
  • He was charged with laundering money. 他被指控洗钱。 来自《简明英汉词典》
3 oversight WvgyJ     
n.勘漏,失察,疏忽
参考例句:
  • I consider this a gross oversight on your part.我把这件事看作是你的一大疏忽。
  • Your essay was not marked through an oversight on my part.由于我的疏忽你的文章没有打分。
4 exempted b7063b5d39ab0e555afef044f21944ea     
使免除[豁免]( exempt的过去式和过去分词 )
参考例句:
  • His bad eyesight exempted him from military service. 他因视力不好而免服兵役。
  • Her illness exempted her from the examination. 她因病而免试。
5 banking aySz20     
n.银行业,银行学,金融业
参考例句:
  • John is launching his son on a career in banking.约翰打算让儿子在银行界谋一个新职位。
  • He possesses an extensive knowledge of banking.他具有广博的银行业务知识。
6 sector yjczYn     
n.部门,部分;防御地段,防区;扇形
参考例句:
  • The export sector will aid the economic recovery. 出口产业将促进经济复苏。
  • The enemy have attacked the British sector.敌人已进攻英国防区。
7 prosecutors a638e6811c029cb82f180298861e21e9     
检举人( prosecutor的名词复数 ); 告发人; 起诉人; 公诉人
参考例句:
  • In some places,public prosecutors are elected rather than appointed. 在有些地方,检察官是经选举而非任命产生的。 来自口语例句
  • You've been summoned to the Prosecutors' Office, 2 days later. 你在两天以后被宣到了检察官的办公室。
8 investigation MRKzq     
n.调查,调查研究
参考例句:
  • In an investigation,a new fact became known, which told against him.在调查中新发现了一件对他不利的事实。
  • He drew the conclusion by building on his own investigation.他根据自己的调查研究作出结论。
9 alleged gzaz3i     
a.被指控的,嫌疑的
参考例句:
  • It was alleged that he had taken bribes while in office. 他被指称在任时收受贿赂。
  • alleged irregularities in the election campaign 被指称竞选运动中的不正当行为
10 ongoing 6RvzT     
adj.进行中的,前进的
参考例句:
  • The problem is ongoing.这个问题尚未解决。
  • The issues raised in the report relate directly to Age Concern's ongoing work in this area.报告中提出的问题与“关心老人”组织在这方面正在做的工作有直接的关系。
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