Pope Francis put a close aide in charge of the Sistine Chapel Choir following a funding scandal.

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The Vatican said Saturday that the group of men, considered the oldest choir in the world, is now led by Monsignor Guido Marini, who helps Francis during the church's celebrations. Another Francis Monsignor, Guido Pozzo, was appointed to handle the financial choir.

Last year, the Vatican opened an investigation into what he claims to be a choir director. The Holy See's press office said on Saturday that the investigation was continuing on the "economic and administrative aspects" of the choir and that it would publish information on this once the operation is over.

In the meantime, the choir director will remain in office, responding directly to Marini, who will oversee all aspects of the choir, including its musical activity, the Vatican said.

The 2018 summer tour of the United States choir was canceled without official explanation.

In May, the choir was presented at a high-level concert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Francis emphasized in his apostolic letter in which he announced the changes that choirs should perform at liturgical celebrations with "sincere piety".