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"The article as regards a discussion between the Holy Father and Cardinal Pell because of the costs of the Secretariat are completely wrong," he was said in a statement on Saturday by the Secretariat.
Vatican City (kath.net/KNA) The head of the Vatican's Secretariat of Economy, Cardinal George Pell, is resisting press reports about overspending on himself and under his authority. "The article as regards a discussion between the Holy Father and Cardinal Pell because of the costs of the Secretariat are completely wrong," he said in a statement on Saturday of the Secretariat.
The report about an alleged conversation between Pell and Francis was "pure fiction". The cost of the equipment of the Secretariat, which started work in March 2014, is open and accessible. Soon the authority with which currently twelve people were working, the Vatican Economic Council, will present its balance sheet in 2014. It is incorrect to assert that Pell lives the high life.
The Italian magazine "L'espresso" had reported on Friday on Pell's alleged excessive expenditure, among other things, the equipment for their offices and facilities, as well as clothing and flights in business class. Pope Francis had criticized Pell for his handling money, according to the newspaper. Accordingly the Australian has spent about a half million euros for the various items of expenditure since July 2014.
On Friday Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi condemned the reporting of the "L'espresso" as "unworthy and pathetic." On the website of the magazine it was, however stated on Saturday, "we stand by the information of the article and take back anything." (C) 2015 CBA Catholic News Agency. All rights reserved.
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