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The Pope’s Labor Day Massacre

Pope Francis has sacked six Vatican employees without waiting for their trials to end, while praying on Labor Day “for all workers, so that no one loses their job and everyone is properly paid.”

At 9 p.m. on the eve of the Feast of St. Joseph, patron saint of workers, the Holy See Press Office announced in a cryptic message that “individual measures have been arranged for some employees of the Holy See” as part of the investigation into certain financial transactions.

The dismissals revolved around “the investigation into financial investments and in the real estate sector of the Secretariat of State” — a reference to the purchase of a London property worth $220 million with donations taken from the pontiff’s Peter’s Pence collection. No details were communicated in the press statement.

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