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A glimpse at the Pope's personal charities

December 31, 2012

The Vatican prelate who handles the Pope’s personal charities has offered a glimpse of his work in an interview with L’Osservatore Romano.

Archbishop Guido Pozzo, the Almoner of His Holiness, reveals that the Pope received about 7,000 requests for financial assistance last year, and distributed about €900,000 ($1.2 million) in small grants.

The requests come from individuals and organizations around the world, and must be endorsed by a parish priest, through whom the funds are distributed. The Pope’s donations are made in small amounts so that he can provide assistance to the largest possible number of worthy causes.


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