On Sistine Chapel’s 500th, foot traffic remains a threat

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Five centuries after its inauguration, the Sistine Chapel is visited by around 5 million visitors a year. Some worry this number is unsustainable without damaging Michelangelo's frescoes, but the Vatican wants to keep the iconic chapel open to all. By Alessandro Speciale

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The Vatican blames market decline for $20 million deficit

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican posted its highest loss in more than a decade last year, blaming mostly the “negative trend of global financial markets.” But the Vatican City State, which is run by a different administration, reported a sizable profit, thanks to the record numbers of the Vatican Museums. By Alessandro Speciale.

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