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Vatican disputes report of 'takeover' at Joseph Ratzinger Foundation

June 27, 2016

The Vatican has issued a statement denying an Italian media report that Pope Francis has taken control of a foundation established by Pope Benedict XVI to promote theological studies.

The Joseph Ratzinger- Benedict XVI Foundation was set up in 2010, and organize conferences and provide scholarships for theologians. The foundation was endowed by the funds generated by royalties from the many published works of Benedict XVI. 

However, the Vatican press office pointed out, from its inception the foundation was designed to be controlled by the Roman Pontiff, so that when Benedict XVI resigned and Pope Francis succeeded him, the control of the foundation naturally passed to the new Pope. 

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