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How Much is that Halo in the Window? Vatican to Regulate Costs

How Much is That Halo in the Window? Pope Francis' Vatican will regulate future costs of sainthood
How Much is That Halo in the Window? Pope Francis' Vatican will regulate future costs of sainthood ALESSANDRO BIANCHI / Reuters

Even "poor" saints will benefit from Pope Francis' drive to control costs and introduce a sense of sobriety and accounting transparency in the Vatican.

The Vatican newspaper says that the Holy See department that oversees the making of saints had introduced a "price list", or a rough guide to the costs of sanctity.

It will clearly inform dioceses, associations or orders of priests and nuns who promote sainthood causes for deceased people considered to have been holy during their lifetime what they can expect to spend.

Gathering historical evidence, witnesses and lawyers to prove to the Vatican that a person was a saint can be expensive, a fact that has favored those dioceses or orders of priests and nuns with more money.

The newspaper said there were plans to establish a fund to help defray expenses for those dioceses or religious orders that did not have much financial backing for the process. The newspaper called these "poor causes".