Vatican buys 500 packages of cigarettes a month

The Vatican buys 500 packages of cigarettes a month, according to a new report on its financial affairs.

In a letter to Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, an official of the Vatican governate reported the purchases.

Cardinals serving at the Vatican have been receiving a 20 per cent discount on cigarettes at the Vatican supermarket, as well as other discounts, the report showed.

The Italian daily La Repubblica, which obtained a copy of the account, said that some cardinals give away the cigarettes they purchase.

Other prelates said that they had never used the discounts.

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