Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A Birthday present from the Pope

...on his birthday to all the Vatican employees. From CWN: Vatican employees given bonus, holiday for Pope's 80th birthday
All Vatican employees will enjoy €500 bonus and a holiday on April 16 to mark the 80th birthday of Pope Benedict XVI.

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State, announced plans for the bonus. The last such special gift to employees-- another €500 bonus-- came to celebrate the election of Pope Benedict in April 2005. Just a few weeks earlier, the camerlengo of the papal household, supervising Vatican affairs in the interregnum after the death of Pope John Paul II, had declared a €1,000 bonus (about $1,300) for every employee in thanksgiving for their service during the long reign of the Polish Pontiff.

Pope Benedict will celebrate Mass in St. Peter's basilica on April 15 in anticipation of his birthday. Just a few days later, on April 19, he will celebrate the 2nd anniversary of his election to the papacy.

Former Italian prime minister Giulio Andreotti, who is now a Senator for Life and editor of the monthly 30 Giorni, has announced plans for a special birthday edition of that magazine in tribute to the Pope on his birthday. Andreotti has asked cardinals to send him their birthday wishes for the Pope, which he will publish in the next issue.

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