Pope Francis May Preach Frugality, But A Cardinal's Finery Can Cost £15,000 (PICTURE)

08/10/2013 15:14 BST | Updated 08/12/2013 10:12 GMT
VATICAN CITY, VATICAN - NOVEMBER 20: Newly appointed Raymond Leo Burke, Archbishop of St. Louis poses during the courtesy visits at the Ducale Hall on November 20, 2010 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI installed 24 new cardinals during the Consistory ceremony held this morning at St Peter's Basilica. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis may lead a famously frugal existence, but things are not so thrifty in the big house.

The Pope eschews dinner invitations, preferring to cook his own meals in an apartment he shares with an older priest.

He wears an ordinary priest’s robe and rides a bus to work, having given up his chauffeur-driven limousine.

But despite his pleas for church officials to follow his oft-delivered message about solidarity with the poor, splendour abounds.

Take for instant the sartorial tastes of Cardinal Raymond Burke, the chief judge of the Vatican’s supreme court.

Our friends at the Global Post have put together this infographic, showing just how splendid we’re talking. Around £15,000 to be precise.

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