Tietmeyer may become 'God's banker'

According to the Catholic News website, Pope Benedict has sounded out former Bundesbank president Hans Tietmeyer for the key post as head of the Institute for Religious Works, better known as the Vatican Bank.

The Times Online reported that Hans Tietmeyer, who headed the Bundesbank from 1993 to 1999, studied theology before switching to economics and is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. He has two brothers who are priests, it said.

If appointed Dr Tietmeyer would succeed An