Frugal pope nixes bonus for Vatican employees

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In this photo provided by the Vatican paper L’Osservatore Romano and made available Thursday, April 18, 2013, Mons. Miguel Delgado Galindo, left, presents a jersey of Argentine soccer star Lionel Messi to Pope Francis, at the Vatican Wednesday, April 17, 2013. (AP Photo/L’Osservatore Romano, ho)

VATICAN CITY—The global economic crisis is hitting Vatican employees in their cassock pockets.

The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis, known for his frugal ways, decided Vatican employees won’t be getting the bonus that traditionally comes with the election of a new pope.

In the past, the Vatican’s 4,500-plus workers — both religious and lay — would receive an extra little something upon the death of one pope and another upon the election of his successor: In 2005, the total reportedly came to 1,500 euros (nearly $2,000) apiece.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said that given tough economic times — the Vatican posted a 15 million-euro deficit in 2011 — “it didn’t seem possible or appropriate to burden the Vatican’s budget with a considerable, unforeseen extra expense.”

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  • Crazy_horse101010

    going to have ask for triple donations instead of double

  • SMEjhong

    kudos!

  • Guest

    “In the past, the Vatican’s 4,500-plus workers — both religious and lay —
    would receive an extra little something upon the death of one pope..”

    Your leader dies and you receive a bonus?

    Only in the RCC!!! Strange practice.
    No wonder you are in a deficit. No wonder you are losing members.

    • Crazy_horse101010

      there is only 800 people living there and they owe 15 million euros that must really be good wine they drink

  • UrHONOR

    MADALING sulusyunan yang TNL na problemang yan….UMUTANG kay Velarde sa El Shady. Tapos, makiusap kay Manalo kung maaariing bumale muna sa Pasko ang bayad pag lumaki-laki ang collection sa Pilipinas galing sa mga naghihikahos at nagdidildil ng asin para kay, “tatay” (father). At doon din naman sa malakas kumurakot sa gobierno na may mga imahen pa ng birhen at santo ninyo sa kani-kanilang tanggapan…na tuwing may darating na envelope, hihimasin nila ang imahen para marami pang dumating…marami at malaki ang HATAG sa mga tulisang yon! Ganyan naman talaga umiikot at napapalaki ang RCCh….at tumatagal dahil sa BISA ng pananakot kung hindi mag-HATAG sa collection basket. Business a usual.

  • alex_diaz2014

    Viva El Papa pa rin ba mga taga Vatican? Hehe

  • marionics

    naku baka ma pope john paul I ito he he

  • Horst Manure

    All this after the have just purchased the largest gay bath house in Europe for 31 M Euro’s.

    the 76-year-old ‘prince of the church’ enjoys a 12-room apartment on the first-floor of his magnificent palazzo, located at 2 Via Carducci, just yards from the ground floor entrance to the gay bath house and sauna.
    generous tax breaks the church received from the last Berlusconi government,

  • david

    naku, nanganganib buhay ng pope nito

  • Politics without principle

    Babaratan ko na din bigay ko sa church total di naman kay God napupunta un eh. Kundi kay father lang na masarap ang buhay. Sa known charity institution na lang ako magbibigay (ung hindi yumayaman ang nagpapalakad).

  • buttones

    A ‘frugal Pope’ – well that’s refreshing, so the Popemobile is up for auction [?] and the private chartered jet is to be dropped as well, in favor of Alitalia first class scheduled routes? And the Prada slippers maybe? Very good. What happened to all these vows of poverty these guys make? Mind you having said that, I sometimes wonder what happened to their vows of celibacy as well….if you get my point…..

  • jpeter262

    Malachi, a catholic priest prophesied that Pope Francis could be the last pope. There must be something about Francis. Watch therefore and pray always – And on her forehead a name written: Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and of the Abomination of the Earth.

    • indiosbravos2002

      Wadafaq?

      • jpeter262

        Did you rinse your mouth this morning??

  • boybakal

    No taxes, more donations….share the bounty to your employees.

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