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By Philip Pullella

VATICAN CITY Tue Feb 18, 2014 7:56pm IST

Pope Francis celebrates a mass during his pastoral visit to the Saint Tommaso parish on the outskirts of Rome February 16, 2014. REUTERS/Remo Casilli

Pope Francis celebrates a mass during his pastoral visit to the Saint Tommaso parish on the outskirts of Rome February 16, 2014.

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(Reuters) – A commission looking into the Vatican bank briefed Pope Francis and top cardinals on its findings on Tuesday ahead of a papal decision about what to do with the institution that has embarrassed the Holy See for decades.

The Vatican commission, which the pope set up in June, gave Francis and his eight-member advisory board of cardinals from around the world a three-hour briefing.

Afterward, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said no decisions on the bank’s future had been taken.

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