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How much is that halo? Vatican regulates costs of making saints

Published on Jan 15, 2014 6:03 AM
 
Pope Francis (centre) waves as he leaves during an audience with the diplomatic corps at the Vatican on Jan13, 2014. Even "poor" saints will benefit from Pope Francis' drive to control costs and introduce a sense of sobriety and accounting transparency in the Vatican. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

VATICAN CITY (REUTERS) - Even "poor" saints will benefit from Pope Francis' drive to control costs and introduce a sense of sobriety and accounting transparency in the Vatican.

The Vatican newspaper said on Tuesday that the Holy See department that oversees the making of saints had introduced a "price list", or a rough guide to the costs of sanctity.

It will clearly inform dioceses, associations or orders of priests and nuns who promote sainthood causes for deceased people considered to have been holy during their lifetime what they can expect to spend.

Gathering historical evidence, witnesses and lawyers to prove to the Vatican that a person was a saint can be expensive, a fact that has favoured those dioceses or orders of priests and nuns with more money.

 
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