Pope Nixes Vatican Bonuses

VATICAN CITY (April 18, 2013)--The global economic crisis is hitting Vatican employees in their cassock pockets.

The Vatican said Thursday that Pope Francis, known for his frugal ways, decided Vatican employees won't be getting the bonus that traditionally comes with the election of a new pope.

In the past, the Vatican's 4,500-plus workers, both religious and lay, received an extra little something upon the death of one pope and another the election of his successor.

In 2005, the total reportedly came to nearly $2,000 apiece.

Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi said that given tough economic times after the Vatican posted a 15 million-euro deficit in 2011, "it didn't seem possible or appropriate to burden the Vatican's budget with a considerable, unforeseen extra expense."

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