ChurchMilitant Criticizes Pope for Rejecting Donation from the New Argentinian President, Mauricio Macri, Who Ousted Francis’ Favorite, Cristina Fernández: “I don’t like the 666”
From: Pope Francis Denies Donation From Argentina Over Numeral 666 (by Richard Ducayne • ChurchMilitant • June 15, 2016)
VATICAN – A donation from the government of Argentina was rejected by Pope Francis earlier this week owing to the sum having the numeral “666” in it.
The total donation, 16,666,000 pesos [$1,208,470 – no “666” there], was to be given to the education project Scholas Occurentes, which was backed by the Pope and based on a similar initiative he founded when he was Cardinal of Buenos Aires.
Two weeks ago, Pope Francis presided over an event in Rome to sponsor his initiative, which included the likes of [pro-abort] celebrities George Clooney, Salma Hayek and Richard Gere. The president of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, made the donation to the Vatican following the event.
According to the Vatican Insider, the Pontiff wrote to the Argentinian branch of his initiative and asked them to return the donation to the government, writing, “I don’t like the 666.”
In a letter sent to Marcos Peña, cabinet chief of the Argentine administration, directors José María del Corral and Enrique Palmeyro of the Scholas Occurrentes education network confirmed the Vatican’s decision “to suspend the non-refundable contribution fee amounting to 16,666,000 pesos” that was donated to the initiative, “taking into account that some may try to distort this gesture.”
It was reported that Pope Francis was irritated that the Argentinian media portrayed the president’s donation to the Vatican as a sign that relations between Pope Francis and the government were improving.
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