Thu Feb 28, 2013, 01:32 PM
joeybee12 (50,717 posts)
How the pope's retirement package compares to yours
It’s good to be the pope – even a retired one, it turns out.
As Pope Benedict XVI steps down on Thursday, his retirement package – the first one the Vatican has had to prepare in almost 600 years – would likely be considered a sweet deal by the average American senior, providing a steady income and generous perks.
Let’s start with the basics: The pope emeritus will receive a monthly pension of 2,500 euros, according to Italian newspaper La Stampa.
That translates to almost $3,300, or close to the monthly maximum of $3,350 that Social Security will pay to an American who retires this year.
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