Pope cuts cardinals' pay amid COVID-linked financial crisis

And other religious, staff at Holy See, Governorate

(ANSA) - VATICAN CITY, MAR 24 - Pope Francis on Wednesday cut the pay of cardinals, other religious and Holy See staff to help save jobs in the current COVID-linked financial crisis.
    According to the new Motu Proprio decree, cardinals' pay will fall by 10%, and religious officials and staff lower down the ladder will face smaller cuts.
    Francis said he had "decided to proceed with criteria of proportionality and progressivity, with the purpose of safeguarding current jobs".
    Senior religious will also see their automatic wage hikes suspended as of April 1.
    The Motu Proprio cuts spending for the staff of the Holy See, the Governorate of the Vatican State, and of other related bodies, "considering the financial crisis, aggravated by the pandemic". (ANSA).


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