Pope Francis known for his frugality
THE RED CARPET that will be laid down for the arrival of Pope Francis in Panama on Wednesday, January 23 for World Youth Day 2,019 will cost$14,177, according to documents published in Panama Purchase.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs managed the purchase the carpet 102 meters long and three meters wide,
According to the statement of charges, the contract includes aa 12 square meters awning and the cost of the labor for its installation.
The carpet will be installed on the runway of terminal 2 of the airport one day before the arrival of Pope Francis, on Wednesday, January 23, and must be withdrawn after his departure from the country, on Sunday. January 27.
The tender was published on November 27 and only one company, an importer of carpets was interested, whose offer, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, met the minimum requirements and technical specifications of the tender, so they were awarded the purchase.
Panama will host some 200,000 pilgrims from 155 countries during World Youth Day.
There will also be 37,000 volunteers, 40 bishops and over 1,300 journalists who will cover the event.
You are so correct. Couldn't that also be said of all the tax money that is collected. I used to give to several organizations on a monthly basis until I discovered what the executives running these organizations earned. This carpet just seemed to be such a waste for an organization that espouses the vow of poverty, to require this type of adulation. This is coming from a Catholic BTW.
Consider though, that if a contract for feeding "the people" was opted for instead of a "red carpet", there would be layers of corrupted politicos with their hands in the cookie jar to make the "feed the people" project probably reduced to $200 in actual food. Think of all those do-gooder organizations out there and how much of the money collected actually goes to the needy (be they human, animal, or environmental). Disgusting.
Agree. The Vatican is the one of the richest countries (yes, it is a country) in the world. Maybe they could donate $14,000 to help feed the poor of Panamá.
What a waste of money. Many people could have been fed with that much money. All this for a walk that will take 5 minutes and be forgotten in even less time.