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Rome prosecutors on Sept. 21 seized 23 million euros ($30.54 million) and placed Mr. Gotti Tedeschi and his deputy under investigation, alleging the bank broke the law by trying to transfer money without identifying the sender or recipient. The two men have not been charged.

The Vatican has insisted the probe resulted from a “misunderstanding” that it hoped to clarify quickly. But Rome courts twice have refused to release the money, with a judge earlier this month saying that nothing had changed in the way the Vatican guards the identity of its clients.

Asked Thursday whether the bank now would identify its clients when it moves their money, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, the Vatican’s spokesman, said the question of the seized account was a very particular case.

“But I maintain that this law creates a situation in which the type of problems that were verified or unsuitable are unthinkable,” Father Lombardi said.

Mr. Gotti Tedeschi, who was named chairman of the bank last year, has said he has been working since then to get the Vatican to come into compliance with the norms of the Financial Action Task Force, the Paris-based policymaking body that helps develop anti-money laundering and anti-terror financing legislation.

The task force requires the Vatican to pass legislation making money-laundering a crime, to establish an entity to report suspicious transactions and then investigate them, and to pass legislation requiring that the bank identify its customers properly and make that information available to law enforcement agencies.

Rick McDonell, the task force’s executive secretary, said Thursday the agency hadn’t had time to study the Vatican norms in detail and in English.

“However on the strength of what has been released I can say it appears to be a significant step towards compliance with the global anti-money laundering standards,” he said in an e-mail to the Associated Press.

The norms also are designed to comply with EU norms on money-laundering and counterfeiting. Three of the four laws issued Thursday in fact concern the issuing of euro bank notes and coins to guard against counterfeiting and fraud.

Mr. Gotti Tedeschi also has said he wanted to get the Vatican on the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s “white list” of countries that share tax information to crack down on tax havens.

To do so, though, often can take years as the Vatican must enter into tax information sharing agreements with at least 12 other countries after making a formal commitment to transparency.

Father Lombardi said the norms issued Thursday were a first step.

The Vatican bank was famously implicated in a scandal over the collapse of the Banco Ambrosiano in the 1980s in one of Italy’s largest fraud cases.

Roberto Calvi, the head of Banco Ambrosiano, was found hanging from Blackfriars Bridge in London in 1982 in circumstances that still remain mysterious.

London investigators first ruled that Calvi had committed suicide, but his family pressed for further investigation. Eventually, murder charges were filed against five defendants, including a major Mafia figure, and they were tried in Rome and acquitted in 2007.

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