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Msgr. Lucio Ángel Vallejo: Pope Francis wants money to be spent carefully

Lucio Ángel Vallejo made these statements to Rome Reports before his new role was announced.Msgr. Lucio Ángel VallejoSecretary, Prefecture for the Economic Affairs“We have a clear assignment from the Pope: full transparency and better management.I wouldn?t say we need to be more austere, because the Holy See is already austere in general, but I would say we need to think more about our expenses; we need management to be more efficient, so that assets can be freed to use for more urgent things. It?s what the Pope keeps on saying... and what he told us, too: when you have to make an extraordinary expense, think that many people are starving out there.”The Prefecture for the Economic Affairs coordinates the budgets of over 230 Vatican institutions, departments, offices and foundations. Currently, its main challenge is improving information exchange so that high expenses can be reduced and savings increased.Msgr. ; Lucio Ángel VallejoSecretary, Prefecture for the Economic Affairs“I think that people need to understand that it?s not just a matter of bad management. The Holy See also needs to modernize and update its management decision process. I think that?s the direction we must take.”When he shows us the Holy See?s balance sheet, Lucio Ángel Vallejo emphasizes that expenses don?t just come from ordinary management, but also from religious and charitable works. ;Msgr. Lucio Ángel VallejoSecretary, Prefecture for the Economic Affairs“Last year roughly 280 million euros have been distributed to institutions outside Rome, most of all in third-world countries, thanks to the Pontifical Missions, or the Aid to the Church in Need institution and Caritas Internationalis. Obviously, one can say: is that enough? If we have double the amount, we would could do double the work and so on..I mean, we always need enormous resources. We cannot do more because that?s all we have”.This seems to be the policy of Pope Francis. Managing expenses more efficiently, so that only what?s necessary is spent, nothing more, nothing less. JMB / BBAA-VM-PRUp: SCar