Office of the Auditor General - Profile

Office of the Auditor General

Officium Recognitoris Generalis


Pope Francis on February 24, 2014, by the Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio Fidelis dispensator et prudens entrusted to the Auditor General the task of auditing the Dicasteries of the Roman Curia, the institutions connected to the Holy See or those related to it, and the administrations of the Governatorate of the Vatican City State.

By issuing the new Statutes on 21 of January 2019, Pope Francis indicated functions and competences of the Office of the Auditor General.

In addition to carrying out with autonomy and independence financial audits of the entities of the Holy See and Vatican City State, the Office of the General Auditor serves as the Anti-corruption Authority in accordance with the Mérida Convention in force for the Holy See and Vatican City State since 19 October 2016.

The Office of the Auditor General also performs audits of particular situations concerning anomalies in the use or the attribution of financial or material resources; irregularities in the concession of procurement or the execution of transactions or alienations; acts of corruption or fraud. In these same situations, the Auditor General receives reports from persons who become aware of these anomalies in the course of carrying out their own functions, and protects their identity, analyses the information and presents a report to the appropriate Commission (whistleblowing).

The Auditor General relates functionally with the Council for the Economy to which it submits its annual audit plan for consideration and approval, as well as the annual report of its activities.