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Saint Lawrence not a Caravaggio original

25 April, 2020
After news of a possible discover of a new Caravaggio painting - “San Lorenzo” - the painting has been determined not to be of Caravaggio origin. The ‘Martirio di San Lorenzo’ was originally reported by the Vatican newspaper, Osservatore Romano,…

Raphael drawing £ 6 million expected at auction

19 April, 2020
On 8 December, Christie’s will put on the block a drawing by Raphael, one of the greatest artists of Renaissance period; the piece (Head of a Muse) is a study the artist used for his Parnassus, a beautiful fresco commissioned…

Vatican Museums open at night: tickets online

3 April, 2020
The Vatican Museums at night could put you in mind of the opening scenes of the Da Vinci Code film, but the possibility of visiting the Sistine Chapel and the rest of the masterpieces in the Vatican Museums at night…

Pope John Paul II beatification in Rome: ticketing scam

3 April, 2020
Pilgrims to the Vatican and Rome for the beatification of Pope John Paul II on May 1st are being asked by Italian police to be careful of any ticketing schemes. They are emphasising that the beatification event is free, after…

Obama to meet Pope in Italy

1 April, 2020
US President Barack Obama is set to meet Pope Benedict XVI in what is set to be an interesting meeting on July 10th. Obama is currently under fire in the US for his pro-abortion stance, though any discussion with the…

Interview-book on Pope Benedict to be published

30 March, 2020
News from the Vatican is that a book in interview form with Pope Benedict XVI will be published by the end of the year. The work is the fruit of conversations between the Pope and journalist Peter Seewald. The two…

Vatican forgives John Lennon 'Beatles bigger than Jesus' comment

29 March, 2020
44 years after John Lennon famously declared that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus, the Vatican’s newspaper Osservatore Romano has published an article in which it discusses the pop phenomenon of the world famous British band. According to the paper,…

Vatican Library reopens after three years

25 March, 2020
The monumental and astoundingly beautiful Vatican Library, with its Sistine Hall shown in this picture, has reopened after three years of restoration and a new exhibition is taking place to honour the event. The exhibition, called ‘Conoscere la Biblioteca Vaticana’…

Rome by night: Vatican Museums evening opening

22 March, 2020
Rome’s Vatican Museums evening opening is tonight, with tickets available on the Vatican Museum site. The after hours opening lasts through the evening, with the Sistine Chapel open until 11pm.It appears the event is a one-off, but if successful, we…

Become a Pope with "Vatican: The Board Game"

16 March, 2020
Dan Brown’s book, the Da Vinci Code, has got nothing on Dr. Stephen Haliczer’s game, Vatican: The Board Game. In a game that will test your theological and doctrincal knowledge, players attempt to reach the top of the Vatican to…