Monsignor Giuseppe Sciacca, the No. 2 administrator of the Vatican city state, told reporters Thursday that the Vatican was spending just
euro21,800 ($28,400) for labor and costs to mount the larger-than-life scene that will be unveiled Dec. 24. The Italian region of Basilicata
-- one of Italy's poorest -- provided the scene itself after raising nearly
euro90,000 ($117,000) from corporate and other sponsors.
One of the most damaging documents leaked during the so-called Vatileaks scandal was a letter from Sciacca's predecessor complaining that the Vatican was losing millions on corruption and unnecessary expenses such as the 2009 scene.