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Pope Francis refused 16,666,000 pesos given to his foundation by Argentina’s president because 666.
Pope Francis has asked the educational foundation Scholas Occurrentes to turn down a donation totaling 16,666,000 pesos — nearly $1.2 million. When the Pope was asked for his reason, he said because “I don’t like the 666,” Francis reportedly wrote in a postscript of his note to the Argentina-based foundation. In the Bible, the number 666 is deemed the “number of the beast,” or the devil’s number.
Now, the 666 was not the only reason Francis instructed the organization — which touts itself as “an international organization of pontifical right approved and raised by Pope Francis” — to reject the donation. Another reason was because Argentine President, Mauricio Macri, a man with whom The Guardian reports Francis has long had a “frosty relationship” with, majorly over the center-right president’s austerity measures was the man behind the money.
The organization has carried out Francis’ request and returned the donation, citing the “confusion” caused by those trying to “misrepresent this institutional gesture” as an improvement in relations between Francis and Macri. Becca Stanek.