Three million USD from the International development budget was spent on the Pope’s UK visit in September.
MP’s in the UK have queried the “surprising” transfer from the Department for International Development to the Foreign Office. (Dfid).
Ministers should explain what the money was spent on “and how it tallies with our commitments on overseas aid”.
A Dfid spokesman said the department was one of several which part-funded the Pope’s visit.
He added: “Our contribution recognised the Catholic Church’s role as a major provider of health and education services in developing countries”.
“This money does not constitute official development assistance and is therefore additional to the coalition government’s historic commitment to meet the 0.7 per cent UN aid target from 2013. “The committee acknowledges that we are right to focus on conflict-ridden countries, home to some of the world’s poorest people.”
Source: The BBC.
This most be an excellent example of taking money from the poor, and giving money to the rich.
The UK Government did not take the money from the defense budget.
The Pope is an ambassador for World peace, and his contributions to Global peace and stability should be honored, could have been the UK’s explanations.
Shame on the UK Government. Shame of the Papacy, who wined and dined with such blood money.
James 3: 4-5.
Look! The wages you failed to pay the workers who mowed your fields are crying out against you. The cries of the harvesters have reached the ears of the Lord Almighty. You have lived on earth in luxury and self-indulgence. You have fattened yourselves in the day of slaughter.
Written by Ivar