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May 01, 2015

Vatican Gave $1.6 Million to Charity Last Year

In 2014, the Vatican gave $1.68 million in aid to refugees, prisoners, the homeless, the sick, and the elderly, according to Agence France-Presse.

The gifts, which are often modest, also supported individuals and religious communities. According to the report, fundraising efforts have multiplied under Pope Francis, who has made the plight of the poor a hallmark of his papacy.

In May, the Vatican will hold a charity concert at which VIP seats will go to the poor and elderly, the AP reports.

Last month a Uruguayan action house sold the Pope's iPad for $30,500, with the proceeds benefiting a school. And last year a motocycle formerly owned by the pontif fetched $328,000, which went to Catholic charity Caritas.