You are probably wondering if the Vatican has a lot of money at Easter. Is the Pope Catholic? Well, at least San Francisco has money to spend, despite his salary.
By the way, it was still questionable whether Pope Francis would make it to his 2023 Easter address, but white smoke billowed last week. “I’m still alive,” said the Argentine after his discharge from the hospital, where he had been admitted with respiratory problems. And so the 86-year-old cleric can gasp out his ‘urbi et orbi’ just in time during Holy Week.
What is the salary of Pope Francis?
But what does the best man get paid for all that Bible talk? Well, he has a lot of money to spend, but he doesn’t get anything close to a monthly salary.
The Vatican is responsible for all expenses Pope Francis incurs, from food and lodging to travel and puffer jackets. Think of it as a god-like no-limit credit card, but the Argentinian reportedly uses it like a real pious. Buying only what is strictly necessary, the 86-year-old is known as frugal compared to his predecessors. If this is really the case, then we must believe. The fact is that austerity can be seen in his minimalist speeches during Holy Week. For example, unlike previous popes, he does not include all the languages of the world. Good to know: In the Vatican, he is, like our king, exempt from taxes.
The rich Vatican
Quite a few sources report that Pope Francis receives a salary of 32,000 euros per month, but this is incorrect. He gets an amount to spend on behalf of the Vatican, maybe that’s where the confusion arises. In any case, this does not benefit him, but he donates himself to churches, foundations, etc.
The fact is that the Vatican has divine power, and we should not feel sorry for the Pope, who does not receive a salary, but who runs an organization in which money splashes against marble. The estimated wealth of the mini-state in Rome, with its own bank, is estimated between 2,600 and 4,000 million euros. But that doesn’t include the incredible amount of real estate (see sidebar) in Rome and beyond.
The personal wealth of Pope Francis is not known, but we dare to say that he is the richest person in the world with a salary of 0 euros. Will there ever be a Pope? Well, if we read the biblical texts about it, it will take a while. The fact is that he will never earn as much as the richest woman in the world.
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