A Vatican cleric, a member of Italy's secret services and a financial broker have been arrested as part of an Italian investigation into the Vatican bank, a police source and a lawyer told Reuters.
The cleric, Monsignor Nunzio Scarano, worked as an accountant in the Vatican's financial administration. He was arrested in a parish in Rome's outskirts, his lawyer Silverio Sica said.
Scarano was suspended from his duties several weeks ago when he was placed under investigation by magistrates in the southern city of Salerno, his home town.
In that investigation, Scarano was accused of taking 600,000 Euros in cash out of an account in the Vatican bank a little at a time, usually 10,000 Euros, and giving it to friends who gave him checks. It is alleged he then deposited the checks into an Italian bank account to pay off a mortgage.
A Vatican official has been arrested over an alleged plot to bring €20 million into Italy on a government plane, a lawyer told the Associated Press.
The Vatican's announced that Pope Francis is to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury for the first time later this week.
The Most Rev Justin Welby will be in Rome to visit the head of the worldwide Catholic Church on Friday.
The Vatican said the two clerics have shared interests in global justice, ethical regulation of financial markets and conflict resolution.
Earlier in the day, the Most Rev Welby will visit the excavations beneath St Peter's Basilica to pray at the tomb of St Peter, as his predecessor Dr Rowan Williams did on his first visit to Rome.
Pope Francis Good Friday Lord's Passion at St Peter's and at the Colosseum ahead of the 'Way of the Cross' this evening.
Pope Francis has given yet another sign of how different his papacy is going to be. Not for him the tradition and splendour of St Peter's for the Washing of The Feet ceremony.
Instead he went to a Detention Centre in Rome and washed the feet of twelve young inmates, as Juliet Bremner reports they included two women, one of whom was a Muslim:
Pope Francis has broken with tradition in an Easter ritual as he washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention centre on Holy Thursday. Previous Pope's have maintained the traditional foot washing within the Vatican with priests.
Two of the 12 were young women, an even more remarkable choice given that the rite re-enacts Jesus' washing of the feet of his male disciples, the inclusion of women has been banned by some dioceses.
Orthodox and Muslim detainees were also included in the twelve according to news reports.
"This is a symbol, it is a sign - washing your feet means I am at your service," Francis told the youngsters.
"Help one another. This is what Jesus teaches us. This is what I do. And I do it with my heart. I do this with my heart because it is my duty, as a priest and bishop I must be at your service."
The holy business of choosing a new Pope begins inside the Vatican tomorrow.
Outside, the world will wait for the white smoke.
ITV News' Julie Etchingham reports from the Vatican in Rome: