Pope Francis may not object to gays, but he shares a widespread aversion to 666 — the so-called “number of the beast.” He rejected an Argentine donation of 16,666,000 pesos ($1.2 million).
As The Guardian reported in Britain: “The frosty relationship between two of the world’s most prominent Argentinians appears to have taken a turn for the worse after it emerged that Pope Francis rejected a charitable donation from the government of President Mauricio Macri.
“Earlier this month, the centre-right president made a donation that totaled 16,666,000 pesos (slightly under $1.2m) from the Argentinian government to the Scholas Occurentes educational foundation, which is backed by the pope and is based on a similar organization founded by Francis when he was cardinal of Buenos Aires.”
The Guardian said Macri made the donation after the pope presided over an event in Rome honoring George Clooney, Salma Hayek and Richard Gere as ambassadors for the charity.
“But according to the Vatican Insider – a publication specializing in papal affairs published by the Italian newspaper La Stampa – Francis wrote to the Argentinian branch of the foundation, asking them to return the money. In a postcript, he wrote: ‘I don’t like the 666.’”