Can anyone verify this information? It’s an old article about Pope’s income. In this case Pope John Paul II. Since he is gone, and now Pope Benedict XVI has the office. I would assume also that he has no income according to the article:
Pope John Paul II (bio - news) does not know what his salary is-- if indeed he is paid-- his spokesman has revealed.
Last week, as he outlined the financial accounts for the Holy See during the 2000 fiscal year,** Cardinal Sergio Sebastiani was taken off guard by a question about the Pope’s salary**. The cardinal said that he assumed the Pontiff received a salary, like every other cleric.
But in comment to the press on July 7, papal spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls said: “John Paul II is not aware of-- and never has been aware of-- any salary.”
“The relevant agencies of the Holy See provide for the daily needs and activities of the Pope,” Navarro-Valls explained. He added that money donated to the Pope is “devoted to the needs of the Church, respectful of the intentions of the donors.”