Pope Francis has urged the cardinals and other clerics such as nuns and priests that work at the Holy See to accept a reduction in their salaries.
Pope Francis on Wednesday through the Vatican’s official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano said that the salaries of cardinals will go down by 10%, officials within the Holy See will take an 8% cut while nuns and priests who are the lowest ranking will forgo 3% of their pay.
The pope noted in a decree signed on Tuesday that the Holy See’s finances have been affected by a deficit that has only worsened the situation with the arrival of the covid-19 pandemic “which has impacted negatively on all the sources of revenue of the Holy See and Vatican City State.”
As a result, the pope stated that his main aim of reducing the salaries was to save the current job positions.
According to the Orange County Register, the bans on tourism by many countries and other pandemic restrictions have severely reduced revenues at the Vatican Museums, which, with its Sistine Chapel, is one of the most-visited tourist attractions in Italy. A perennial big money-maker for the Vatican, the Museums opened for some weeks during the pandemic, when the situation in Italy improved. But with tourists from the United States and some other countries banned, the museums’ cavernous rooms were eerily uncrowded. The Museums are currently closed and will stay so for now, including during the upcoming Holy Week.
The reduction will also cut across a number of Vatican basilicas and dioceses in Rome which are all under the direction of the pope.
The pope further noted that pay cuts won’t apply to those who can document that the reductions will make it “impossible to meet fixed expenses related to their health conditions or those of their relatives.”
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