Sunday 26 March 2017

No papal bonus for Vatican workers

Officials have confirmed that Pope Francis has decided Vatican employees will not be getting the bonus that traditionally comes with the election of a new pontiff (AP)
Officials have confirmed that Pope Francis has decided Vatican employees will not be getting the bonus that traditionally comes with the election of a new pontiff (AP)

Pope Francis, known for his frugal ways, has decided Vatican employees will not be getting the bonus that traditionally comes with the election of a new pope, officials have said.

In the past, the Vatican's 4,500-plus workers - both religious and lay - would get 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 euro (£1,280).

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said that given tough economic times - the Vatican posted a 15 million euro (£12.8 million) deficit in 2011 - "it did not seem possible or appropriate to burden the Vatican's budget with a considerable, unforeseen extra expense".

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