“The spacious apartment like many residences in the old palaces of the Vatican is being dutifully restored (at my expense). It has been given to me to use temporarily and after me it will benefit someone else. As Pope St. John XXIII used to say, ‘I do not stop to pick up the stones that are thrown at me.”

— Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, former Vatican Secretary of State, rebuffing criticisms over a new 6,500 square-foot residence in Vatican City that is being renovated for his use.

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