Pope Francis abolished free or cheap houses for cardinals and leaders in Rome and the Vatican

Pope Francis. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) (Domenico Stinellis/)

He Pope Francisco has arranged the elimination of free or cheap rents of the houses owned by the Holy See to the cardinals, bishops and other senior Vatican leaders, according to some Italian media reports today.

The pope’s decision came at the end of an audience with the new Prefect (minister) of the Ministry of Economy, the Spanish Maximino Caballero on February 13, in which he asked “that greater resources be assigned and reserved for the Apostolic See, also increasing income from the management of real estate assets”, reads the document published by the website Messainlatino.it. and that circulates internally in Vatican.

The Pope thus decided “to suppress free and advantageous accommodation for cardinals, heads of departments, presidents, secretaries, undersecretaries, executives, auditors and the like, of the Broken Rome Tribunal, of the buildings owned by the curial Institutions and of the bodies that refer to the Holy See”, the document reads.

“The proprietary bodies (of the real estate) must apply to the aforementioned subjects the same prices applicable to those who do not have an office in the Holy See or in the Vatican City State”, the document states.

Maximino Caballero Ledo
The new Prefect (minister) of the Ministry of Economy, the Spanish Maximino Caballero

It also specifies the need to pay, according to existing rates, accommodation in the “Domus Santa Marta”, the residence inside the Vatican where the pope lives and that many prelates, but also visitors, use as a hotel sometimes without paying.

The document specifies that the contracts currently stipulated will continue until their expiration and then the new rents will be applied.

Likewise, the Pope has established that any derogation from this regulation will have to be directly authorized by him.

Also in the document, the Pope eliminates the “housing contributions”, supplements that are paid to face the rent.

The Holy See’s real estate assets managed by APSA in Italy consist of 4,051 properties in Italy and some 1,120 abroad, not including its embassies around the world.

In Italy it is approximately 1.6 million square meters and only 15% are destined for the free market, 30% in subsidized rentals for employees, pensioners and other forms of aid and the remaining 55% for institutional purposes or in any other way. case assigned on a free loan basis, such as schools or universities.

(With information from EFE)

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