Pope urges reform, wants church with modern spirit

By Nicole Winfield

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 1 2013 8:24 a.m. MDT

Francis has appointed a commission of inquiry to look into the bank's legal structure and activities, one of the many moves he has taken to get a handle on the Vatican's murky finances.

Such decisiveness comes despite having been "invaded by anxiety" in the moments after he was elected. In the interview with Repubblica, Francis said after the shock of the election, he immediately excused himself from the Sistine Chapel, closed his eyes in a small room off to the side and tried to relax.

"At a certain point, a great light invaded me, it lasted a moment but it seemed very long to me," he told Repubblica's editor. "Then it disappeared and I got up."

He went back into the room where he signed the document accepting the job and headed out onto the loggia of St. Peter's Square to be introduced to the world.

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