Vatican puts cap on costs for sainthood cases
Vatican City: How much does it cost to become a saint? The Vatican said on Tuesday it has put a cap of sorts on the often-spiraling budgets for sainthood cases, another nod to Pope Francis` call for sobriety.
Cardinal Angelo Amato, head of the Vatican`s saint-making office, announced the change during a meeting yesterday of postulators, the officials who shepherd sainthood cases through the lengthy investigations of would-be saints` lives and miracles.
He said postulators must now abide by a "reference price" to curb overall expenditure and make the process more equitable for less well-funded cases.
It`s no secret that cases supported by wealthy donors often move faster through the process since more resources can be put toward the investigations.
Francis has said he wants a "poor church for the poor."
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