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Pope qualifies for pension after retirement

February 19, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI qualifies for a pension of €2,500 (about $3,500) monthly once his resignation goes into effect.

The Holy See provides for all the material needs of a Roman Pontiff, so the Pope has neither income nor personal expenses. But once he retires he will qualify, as the retired Bishop of Rome, for the pension allowed to all retired bishops. The Vatican has not disclosed any other financial arrangements that may be made for this special case.


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