Pope Francis orders pay cuts for cardinals and clerics to save jobs of ordinary employees

Pope Francis leads Angelus prayer at the library of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

Pope Francis has ordered cardinals to take a 10 percent pay cut and reduced the salaries of other clerics working in the Vatican in order to save jobs of ordinary employees as the coronavirus pandemic has hit the Holy See’s income.

The Vatican said on Wednesday that Francis issued a decree introducing proportional cuts starting on April 1. A spokesman said lower-level lay employees would not be affected by the cuts.

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