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Vatican gets ransom demands from Michelangelo letter thief

2015-03-09

Nearly 20 years ago, a nun discovered that two Michelangelo documents had gone missing from Vatican archives. One was a letter signed by the Renaissance legend himself.

Until recently, what happened to the historical artifacts remained a mystery. But Vatican officials have now confirmed that the documents were stolen, and that they had just received ransom demands.

The Italian publication Il Messaggero reported that a former Vatican employee contacted a cardinal and demanded about 100,000 Euros for the documents' return. A Vatican spokesman said the cardinal declined. 

Vatican police are working with Italian officials to investigate the crime

Michelangelo was a major figure in Catholic artwork. He painted the Sistine Chapel and designed portions of St. Peter's Basilica. The archives contain myriad documents about the Basilica and Michelangelo's contributions.


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