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Pope Francis at the Vatican Ethnological Museum Oct. 18, 2019.

Pope Francis at Ethnological Museum: 'Beauty unites us'

Oct 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis paid a visit Friday to the renovated wing of the Vatican Ethnological Museum, which he praised for being... Read more

Authentic Vatican Columbus Letter. Copyright US Embassy.

Stolen copy of 1493 Columbus letter returns to the Vatican

Jun 14, 2018

By Elise Harris

After spending more than a decade in a private collection in Atlanta, a copy of a 1493 letter written by... Read more

China, Vatican use 'diplomacy of art' to foster relations

Nov 21, 2017

By Elise Harris

Relations with mainland China have long been an interest for the Holy See, and the Vatican Museums have now partnered... Read more

A view of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Oct. 29, 2014.

Donate blood, get free admission to the Vatican Museums

Apr 11, 2017

A new initiative in Italy will allow blood donors to receive a free ticket to the Vatican Museums.  Read more

Barbara Jatta at the Vatican. Courtesy of the Vatican Museums.

She grew up in the art world – now she's leading the Vatican museums

Mar 9, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Barbara Jatta, the newest director of the Vatican museums, and the first woman to hold the position, said that working... Read more

Barbara Jatta at the Vatican. Courtesy of the Vatican Museums.

Meet the first woman in history to run the Vatican museums

Dec 21, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Tuesday it was announced that Barbara Jatta, a wife and mother of three children, will be the new director... Read more

Detail from Rembrandt's The Three Crosses (1653).

Vatican displays Rembrandt's art for the first time

Dec 6, 2016

For the first time, the works of Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn will be displayed at the Vatican.  Read more

  Staircase at the Vatican Museums on Nov. 12, 2015.

A new look into the Vatican's stunning museums

Nov 15, 2015

By Elise Harris

Those who haven't made it to the world famous Vatican Museums needn't worry – the Church’s treasures will now come... Read more

   A view of Michelangelo's fresco of The Last Judgement inside the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Oct. 29, 2014.

A (literal) breath of fresh air for the Sistine Chapel's frescos

Oct 31, 2014

By Elise Harris

The first major makeover the Sistine Chapel has had since 1994 brings with it a completely new LED lighting system... Read more

An angel sculpture from Bernini undergoes restoration at the Vatican Museum on Nov. 4, 2013.

Centuries later, Bernini's angels captivate amid restoration

Nov 7, 2013

By Elise Harris

Artists restoring key sculptures in the Vatican Museums, including some by famed Italian Gian Lorenzo Bernini, stress that the figures... Read more

Vatican restorer Chiara Fornaciari, Oct. 21, 2013.

Vatican restorers: Art preservation a great responsibility

Oct 28, 2013

By Elise Harris

Those in charge of the restoration of various types of artwork in the Vatican museums stress that the preservation of... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Oct. 13.

Pope: Art expresses the beauty of faith

Oct 19, 2013

The creative arts help proclaim the gospel, explore the mysteries of Christian faith and reflect the quest for the “supreme... Read more

Sistine Chapel.

Beauty, art have crucial role in evangelization, priest reflects

Oct 18, 2013

By Elise Harris

Benefactors of the Vatican Museums who have recently gathered in Rome stressed that art is pivotal in the task of... Read more

The Creation of Adam by Michaelangelo from the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

Sistine Chapel reveals light of God, Pope says on 500th anniversary

Oct 31, 2012

The Sistine Chapel ceiling is celebrating its 500th anniversary today, and Pope Benedict XVI followed in the footsteps of his... Read more

Fr. Isaac Vondoame stands inside the Vatican Museums during an interview with CNA.

Vatican Museums visitors happy priests are present

Sep 5, 2012

A month-long pilot project to make priests available within the Vatican Museums to offer spiritual counseling to visitors is being... Read more

Nick Fandel and Molly Sullens talk with CNA outside of the Vatican Museums on July 27, 2012.

Tourists welcome posting of priests in Vatican Museums

Jul 28, 2012

The decision to make priests available inside the Vatican Museums to offer spiritual comfort to visitors has been generally welcomed... Read more