OP/VIS 20100628 (370). In Crónica - 2010.
Also participating were Cardinals Joachim Meisner, archbishop of Cologne, Germany; Antonio María Rouco Varela, archbishop of Madrid, Spain; Dionigi Tettamanzi, archbishop of Milan, Italy; Wilfrid Fox Napier, archbishop of Durban, South Africa; Anthony Olubunmi Okogie, archbishop of Lagos, Nigeria; Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, archbishop of Lima, Perú; Marc Ouellet, P.S.S., archbishop of Québec, Canada; Odilo Pedro Scherer, archbishop of São Paulo, Brazil; Agostino Vallini, vicar general of His Holiness for the diocese of Rome. Absent because of binding pastoral obligations were Cardinals Jorge Liberato Urosa Savino, archbishop of Caracas, Venezuela, and Nicholas Cheong Jinsuk, archbishop of Seoul, South Korea.
The Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See was represented by Velasio De Paolis, C.S., titular archbishop of Telepte; by Vincenzo Di Mauro, titular bishop of Arpi; and by Ragioniere Generale, Dr. Stefano Fralleoni.
The Governatorate of the State of Vatican City was represented by the president of the Cardinalitial Commission for the State of Vatican City, Cardinal Giovanni Lajolo; and by its secretary general, Carlo Maria Viganò, titular archbishop of Ulpiana.
For the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See intervened Cardinal Attilio Nicora, president, and its secretary, Monsignor. Domenico Calcagno.
At the invitation of the cardinal secretary of State wre present Father Federico Lombardi, S.J., and Doctor Alberto Gasbarri, respectively director general and administrative director of Vatican Radio.
The order of the day "was the discussion of the consolidated budget of the Holy See and the budget of the Governorate of Vatican City State, for the year 2010".
During the meeting Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, C.S., president of the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See, explained that "the largest cost is that concerning the payment of employees who work in the Vatican, whose number stands at 2,668. Although it is foreseen that these costs will be contained, the relative financial burden is nonetheless growing because of the adjustment of wages to the cost of living. In addition, there are the costs concerning Vatican Radio and other media institutions": the Vatican Press, L'Osservatore Romano, the Vatican Publishing House and the Vatican Television Centre. As for the budget of the Governorate of Vatican City State, Archbishop De Paolis explained how that organisation "administers its finances autonomously and has substantially overcome the difficulties of previous financial years, enabling it to look to the future with greater confidence. "Apart from the costs associated with the institutional activities of the State, the governorate also meets the costs deriving from the maintenance of buildings", he added.
The communique concludes by noting that Pope Benedict XVI visited the participants in the meeting and "listened to their observations with great interest, thanking everyone concerned for their valuable assistance to the Apostolic See". In Crónica - 2010.
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