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Complete program of pope's trip to Fatima on May 12-13

March 20, 2017. The Vatican has published Pope Francis' program for his upcoming trip to Fatima.
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Pope Francis will travel to Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017

March 18, 2017. In response to the invitation from the President of the Republic, the Bishops of the Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Tawadros II and the Grand Imam of the Mosque of Al Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Mohamed el-Tayyib, Pope Francis will make an Apostolic trip to the Arab Republic of Egypt from 28 to 29 April 2017, visiting the city of Cairo. The programme of the trip will be published shortly.
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Pope to meet with most powerful European leaders on March 24

March 3, 2017. On March 24 a historic meeting will take place between the pope and many of the most powerful heads of government throughout Europe. The meeting was announced by the Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Greg Burke and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Sala Regia of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.

New lights in the Sistine Chapel allows visitors to see it like never before

2014-10-30

The Sistine Chapel...Like you've never seen it before. 450 years after the death of Michelangelo, the Vatican Museums have given a new light to his most iconic masterpiece. 

MARCO FRASCAROLO
Lighting Designer, Sistine Chapel Project
"It is surrounding light, in the sense that it leans in a soft way around the whole Sistine Chapel. Not only on the surface of the most important frescoes, like the Final Judgement, but also on the entire area. Now the visual perception is correct.”

7,000 LED lights allow for colors to stand out in the Chapel. Above all, they don't damage the paintings nor endangers their conservation. 

Additionally, a new air conditioning system  will regulate the temperature and humidity.

FR. RAFAEL GARCÍA DE LA SERRANA
Technical Services, Vatican City
"Unfortunately, the level of pollution in Rome is high. It's necessary to treat the air, clean it, purify it, before it enters the Sistine Chapel.”

After three years of work, the Sistine Chapel debuts a much more "customized” lighting and air system. 

From now on, the 2,000 visitors that admire the chapel every hour will see Michelangelo's masterpiece as it was intended to be seen. 


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