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Need a chapel? Pope Francis to rent Sistine Chapel for charity
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Pope Francis is renting out the Sistine Chapel for charity. The decision marks the first time that the chapel has ever been rented out for charity. It will be used for a private concert hosted by Porsche.
LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Vatican has announced the first-ever renting of the Sistine Chapel. The historic chapel, which was built between 1473-1484 and is adorned with frescoes by Michelangelo, will be used to host 40 tourists who have paid a substantial price to enjoy the concert there.
The event is being described as a "one-off" occasion and the money will be used for charity, with Pope Francis to decide which charity is to receive the funds.
The Sistine Chapel is priceless and received millions of visitors each year, although there are concerns that the number of people visiting the chapel are slowly eroding the centuries-old frescoes with their breath and sweat.
The Vatican has suggested that it will begin using a reservation system to manage the number of visitors into the chapel.
Meanwhile, the exclusive concert will proceed, organized by the Porsche Travel Club which is charging somewhere between 5,000 to 200,000 euros per person. The club has not disclosed the price of the concert.
After the concert, attendees will enjoy a dinner amid the art at the Vatican.
The Sistine Chapel has been used before for concerts including concerts in honor of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI.
Pope Francis has expressed an interest in using the art and treasures of the Church to sustain the poor.
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