VATICAN CITY, 4 JUL 2009 (VIS) – The 63rd
meeting of the Council of Cardinals for the Study of
Economic Problems of the Holy See was held in the Vatican from 1
July, under the presidency of Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio
communique published this afternoon explains that the Holy See
consolidated financial statements for 2008, presented to the
during the meeting by Archbishop Velasio De Paolis C.S., president
Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, show a
911,514 euro, the difference between an income of 253,953,869 euro
outgoings of 254,865,383 euro.
The outgoings are due above all to the ordinary and
expenses of the dicasteries and offices of the Holy See, which
2,732 people of whom 761 are ecclesiastics, 334 religious and
The meeting also examined the consolidated financial
the Governorate of Vatican City State for 2008, which show a
slightly more than 15 million euro. A total of 1,894 people work
jurisdiction of the Governorate.
The communique explains how, during the period in question,
Governorate began to study an integrated communications
including telephone and internet services, and installed
panels on the roof of the Paul VI Hall. It also mentions the
economic and financial burden of protecting, evaluating and
artistic heritage of the Holy See (restoration of the Pauline
work on the papal basilicas of St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls and
Finally the consolidated financial statements of Peter’s
also presented. This fund consists of offers made to the Holy
the particular Churches, especially for the Solemnity of Sts.
Paul, and contributions by institutes of consecrated life,
apostolic life, foundations and various members of the faithful.
a total of 54,387,714 euro was raised and, although
the number of donations went up, the total fell slightly due to
general economic situation.
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