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Cardinal Bertone defends new apartment, says Pope supports him

Catholic World News - April 29, 2014

Cardinal Tarscisio Bertone has defended himself against charges that he is living in a “luxurious” apartment within the Vatican grounds, and denied reports that Pope Francis was unhappy with his expenditures on remodeling.

The Italian daily La Repubblica had reported that the former Secretary of State was now moving to a 6,500-square-foot apartment in the San Carlo Palace, located near the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where Pope Francis has his comparatively modest residence. Cardinal Bertone said that his new apartment is only half the size claimed in the Repubblica account, and that he paid the expenses for remodeling.

Moreover, the cardinal said that Pope Francis had not expressed concern about his expenses. On the contrary, he claimed, the Pope had called “to express his solidarity and his disappointment for the media attacks about the apartment.”

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  • Posted by: garedawg - Apr. 30, 2014 10:53 AM ET USA

    Someone once said that if there were no women, men would just sleep on subway grates and carry a change of underwear in their briefcases. While I don't expect our celibate priests to live quite that way, I do wonder why one of them would need a 3,000 square foot home.

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