The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has decided to donate excess money it gathered during Pope Francis’ five-day state and apostolic visit to the country to the pontiff himself.
CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas on Thursday said the excess money will be given to Pope Francis for his charity projects around the world.
“Whatever excess money that we have form the papal visit will all be given to Pope Francis for his charity projects worldwide. Nothing will be left in the Philippines because the pope has many charity projects in many parts of the world,” Villegas added.
He, however, clarified that it was the bishops’ decision to donate the excess money.
“He did not ask for it, let’s be clear. It is our decision in the Philippines to help the Holy Father in our own small way, to help the Holy Father in his projects for the poor in other parts of the world,” Villegas said.
Francis stayed in the Philippines January 15-19 for his state and apostolic visit.
Meanwhile, Villegas said the biggest expense that the Church incurred during the papal visit was for sound systems and LED screens installed at Luneta (Rizal Park in Manila) and at Mall of Asia (MOA).
“The LED screens were the most expensive,” he added.