What does the leader of one of the largest organizations on Earth and shepherd to a flock of over one billion Faithful make in a year? It might surprise you to learn the salary that comes with the responsibility of being the Supreme Pontiff.

Parish priests are obliged to receive compensation upon ordination, on average around $25,000 to $35,000 a year, as the bishop is responsible to provide for the needs of the clergy in his diocese.

“Since clerics dedicate themselves to ecclesiastical ministry, they deserve remuneration which is consistent with their condition, taking into account the nature of their function and the conditions of places and times, and by which they can provide for the necessities of their life as well as for the equitable payment of those whose services they need.” – Code of Canon Law 281 §1.

Cardinals can receive compensation on the order of around 5,000 Euros per month, termed the “Cardinal’s plate,” designed to pay for their living expenses. However, it might surprise you to hear that in the case of the Pope, the Holy Father earns no money for his duties.

Instead of earning a salary, all living expenses for the pope such as food, travel, and housing are paid for out of Curia funds. The exception is Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, who lives in retirement in the Vatican with a monthly stipend of 2,500 Euros.

The pope does receive a traditional honorary payment of three bags containing gold, silver, and copper coins upon their death. Each bag contains one coin for each year of their papacy, and is placed into their coffin – the only monetary compensation one receives for being pope.

Pope Saint John Paul II receives his tradtional posthumous payment of 100.26 Euros in coins.
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  1. “Parish priests are obliged to receive compensation upon ordination, on average around $25,000 to $35,000 a year”

    Maybe in the USA they do. In most countries it’s much, much, less because the diocese doesn’t have anything like that amount of money.

  2. Why would those popes get paid after death? and in bags of gold, silver, and copper coins upon their death placed into their coffins – instead of spending on areas that needed the most? to show to God how much they had earned as pope?? Is this a joke, gossip or what??

    • Mao,
      I wonder the same thing. It is quite obvious the Pope is going to heaven. I don’t think there is any place there to spend the money. Wouldn’t it be better to use that money to help those on Earth?

  3. https://www.facebook.com/groups/533651400046997/permalink/3351826238229485/

    So Pope why aren’t you feeding them? You have the sheep come to Church and pay you the money, so you have fancy robes to wear, and a roof over your head, to ride around in fancy bullet proof Limousines, and drink wine at every Mass. Didn’t the Lord say Peter do you love me? Then feed my sheep. 3 times he said it. He didn’t say feed my Priests, and Church that now a days has billions of dollars, with Cardinals committing Financial Real Estate Crimes in London. Where is your sack cloth potato bag clothes? Where are the Church Farms, and Greenhouses to feed the Lords people? Instead you admire your Fancy Churches and marble bowls for your holy water. And carry golden crucifixes around your neck, while waving fancy water soak batons saying bless you, while burning frankincense to smell your way through a sermon and parade around the Cross saying Domini Nobiscum. . You have a nice meal every night to fill your stomach. How many go without? Do you walk the Streets to see how many? No you don’t. Instead it is other religions like the Buddhist and ordinary people who see them in the alley, under a bridge, with no umbrella from the rain, or food, sleeping on the cement where Cochroaches scurry up their leg or across their faces. It is I who is trapped in Hong Kong because of no job, not allowed to work, and thank God to find Buddhist meals left out as an offering to their deceased relatives. Even the Buddhist feed their passed away comrades known as sheep yet none of the Fancy Church’s called Christians open their doors so they can lay down on a bench in the Lord’s House, because you reserve such pews for your Rich Benefactors that remain loyal to handing over the money to you. You use the Lord’s name as deception, to praise the house of Satan in God’s Holy Church. I have no need to make up accusations. It is you who took the name of Francis, the poorest of the Saints, yet its you dear Pope who parade and disgrace his Sainthood for the Money Changers, who are the ones who put our dear Lord on the Cross, claiming he died for our Sins. The Lord does not like liars, or manipulators, who say one thing and do something else. You need to reflect yourself dear Pope. And repent.

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