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November 2, 2012 | By Christopher Knight, Los Angeles Times Art Critic
On Wednesday the Vatican celebrated the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo's completion of the ceiling frescoes in the Sistine Chapel, an epic extravaganza of painting that the artist, who considered himself a sculptor first, undertook only grudgingly in 1508. Pope Benedict XVI marked the occasion with the celebration of Vespers, replicating the event on the eve of All Saints' Day in which Pope Julius II first unveiled the masterwork. Michelangelo wouldn't begin the end wall's powerful exegesis on "The Last Judgment" for another 24 years.
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March 14, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It seems like the smoke had barely cleared from the Sistine Chapel before news came that a book about the new pope is on the way. The as-yet-untitled book about Pope Francis is to be published by Image Books, a Catholic-focused imprint at Random House. "This is an exciting time not only for the Church but for the world," Gary Jansen, Image Books' editor, said in a release. “The election of the world's first Latin American pope, a man of Italian heritage, means a bridging of the Northern and Southern hemispheres in a way we've never seen and signifies a new global vision for the 1.2 billion people who call themselves Catholic.
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March 9, 2013 | By Henry Chu
VATICAN CITY - The chimney is up, the tourists are out and the cardinals are on deck. Final preparations were underway Saturday in Michelangelo's splendid Sistine Chapel for the conclave of prelates who will elect a new pope to head the Roman Catholic Church. Journalists were given a look inside the famed chapel where the red-hatted cardinals, the “princes” of the church, will begin their secret proceedings Tuesday to try to settle on a new leader from within their ranks. FULL COVERAGE: Choosing the next pope At the back of the frescoed interior sat the pair of stoves that will be the 115 cardinals' only form of communication with the outside world.
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March 14, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- In his first mass as head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope Francis delivered a stern homily in the Sistine Chapel, where cardinals had elected him as the 266th pope a day earlier. Stressing the power of prayer, Francis told the cardinals, "He who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil. When we don't proclaim Jesus Christ, we proclaim the worldliness of the devil, the worldliness of the demon. " LIVE DISCUSSION: Join our live video chat at 2 p.m. PT Standing before Michelangelo's fresco of the "Last Judgment," the new pontiff added, "When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord.
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March 12, 2013 | By Henry Chu
VATICAN CITY -- Looking solemn at the task before them, senior prelates of the Roman Catholic Church filed into the Sistine Chapel and locked themselves in Tuesday afternoon to begin the process of voting for a new pope under conditions of utmost secrecy. The 115 cardinals swore oaths on the Bible to keep their proceedings confidential and are now allowed to communicate with the outside world only through smoke signals, from a chimney on the chapel roof, to signify the outcome of the balloting.
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December 28, 2012 | By Jori Finkel
Tourists visiting the Sistine Chapel next Christmas can expect a slightly different experience than in years or centuries past, one that just might send chills up their spine. On their way in to see Michelangelo's masterpiece, visitors will step into an area with stronger air conditioning and a new vaccum-cleaning system that sucks up dust from their clothes. Antonio Paolucci, director of the Vatican Museums, told Lauretta Colonnelli of the Corriere della Sera newspaper that he plans to renovate existing climate controls and install the new cleaning system by the end of 2013.
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March 23, 1990 | From Reuters
The Vatican today unveiled a multimillion-dollar restoration--paid for by a Japanese television network--of one of the world's greatest art treasures, the ceiling Michelangelo painted for the Sistine Chapel. For the first time in hundreds of years visitors will see the whole mammoth fresco in its original dazzling colors, freed from four centuries of dust and candle smoke.
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March 14, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- In his first mass as head of the Roman Catholic church, Pope Francis delivered a stern homily in the Sistine Chapel, where cardinals had elected him as the 266th pope a day earlier. Stressing the power of prayer, Francis told the cardinals, "He who does not pray to the Lord prays to the devil. When we don't proclaim Jesus Christ, we proclaim the worldliness of the devil, the worldliness of the demon. " LIVE DISCUSSION: Join our live video chat at 2 p.m. PT Standing before Michelangelo's fresco of the "Last Judgment," the new pontiff added, "When we walk without the cross, when we build without the cross and when we proclaim Christ without the cross, we are not disciples of the Lord.
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January 20, 1987 | JANICE ARKATOV
What if Michelangelo were alive today--and looking for one more artistic challenge? Of course, the Sistine Chapel ceiling has already been done. But what about its floor? That's the imaginative conceit behind "The Sistine Floor," a performance piece by the Iowa-based Drawing Legion, making its local debut Friday at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE). "As he works on the floor, it comes to life," said Mel Andringa, who's created the piece and plays Michelangelo.
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April 18, 1987 | SUZANNE MUCHNIC, Times Art Writer
Have we heard the last word on the controversy over cleaning the Sistine Chapel? "I hope so," said Andrea Rothe, conservator of paintings at the J. Paul Getty Museum. Back in Malibu after visiting the chapel with a distinguished panel of experts, Rothe said that while "the criticism is good, to a point," it is hampering progress.
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March 14, 2013 | By Henry Chu, Los Angeles Times
ROME - Hours after being named pontiff, Pope Francis visited a church in the Italian capital Thursday to pray on the morning of his first full day as leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics. The first pope from the Americas spent about half an hour inside St. Mary Major, a grand basilica in the heart of Rome dedicated to the Virgin Mary. On Monday evening, after he was revealed as the 266th pope, Francis had told cheering crowds in St. Peter's Square that he intended to petition Mary to “watch over all of Rome.” Though the leader of the world's Catholic faithful, the pope is also by tradition the bishop of the Italian capital.
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March 13, 2013 | By Tom Kington
VATICAN CITY -- As Rome and the world await the next puffs of smoke from the Sistine Chapel, the Vatican on Wednesday sought to downplay reports of divisions among the 115 Roman Catholic cardinals gathered to elect a new pope. Speculation that disagreements over candidates may be slowing the selection of a successor to Pope Benedict XVI was “invented," Vatican spokesman Rev. Tom Rosica told The Times.   “These reports are inventions, often launched by people as balloons, without any foundation and it is very unfair to read these ideas into what the cardinals are doing,” he said.
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March 13, 2013 | By Laura J. Nelson
Minutes after Pope Francis began his first address to the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, world leaders took to Twitter and other websites to congratulate the 266th leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Roman Catholic cardinals selected Argentine Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio after five rounds of voting in the Sistine Chapel. "I would like to thank you for your embrace," Francis said in his address from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. "My brother cardinals have chosen one who is from far away, but here I am. " FULL COVERAGE: Pope Francis elected Many online congratulations were from the Spanish-speaking world.
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March 13, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
VATICAN CITY -- White smoke rose from the Sistine Chapel on Wednesday, proclaiming the selection of a new pope by Roman Catholic cardinals on their second day of voting. The name of the man chosen to replace Pope Benedict XVI will be announced within the next minutes, to the famous Latin phrase “ habemus papam " ("we have a pope"). The bells of St. Peter's Basilica tolled to confirm the selection.   Thousands of people who packed St. Peter's Square roared approval and chanted, " habemus papam . " BREAKING NEWS: Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina elected pope His successor, the 266th pontiff, will be revealed upon making his first appearance from behind red velvet curtains on the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.
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March 13, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Two days is fast. But in AD 236, the leader of the Roman Catholic Church was selected by a dove. St. Fabian wasn't thought to be a favorite when he stopped by Rome and visited the crowd selecting the next head of the church, according to the historian Eusebius' account of the gathering. But lo, according to Eusebius , a dove landed on Fabian's head: "Thereupon the people, all as if impelled by one divine spirit, with one united and eager voice cried out that he was worthy and immediately they took and set him upon the episcopal seat.
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March 13, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Roman Catholic cardinals chose Jorge Mario Bergoglio as pope Wednesday, selecting the Argentine Jesuit to succeed Pope Benedict XVI, who resigned Feb. 28, and lead 1.2 billion church followers around the globe. He was chosen after five rounds of voting in the Sistine Chapel. Bergoglio, who chose the papal name Francis I, is the first Jesuit pope and has spent nearly his entire career in Argentina, overseeing churches and shoe-leather priests. The Associated Press described him as a modernizer who has lived austerely.
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June 5, 1993 | Bloomberg Business News
Michelangelo can now, in a manner of speaking, breathe a little easier. Officials of Carrier Corp., a distributor of heating and air conditioning systems, will formally present--in a ceremony attended by Pope John Paul II--an environmental control system for the Sistine Chapel. Officials say the sensory control system will regulate the humidity and temperature inside the chapel to protect the precious frescoes Michelangelo completed in 1512. About 2 million people visit the chapel each year.
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March 27, 1994 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO
The Sistine Chapel goes on display in all its glory in April after restorers remove the scaffold shrouding Michelangelo's "The Last Judgment." Pope John Paul II will say Mass in the chapel April 8 to mark completion of the four-year restoration of the 60-foot-tall Renaissance fresco that is one of the masterpieces of Western art.
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March 12, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
After failing to decide on a new pope in their first vote Tuesday, Roman Catholic cardinals are settling into a regular schedule of balloting in the Sistine Chapel until they have a winner. The ritualized voting is closed to the public, but smoke is used to signal to those waiting outside whether the 115 cardinals in the conclave have elected a new pope to lead 1.2 billion Roman Catholics worldwide. When two-thirds of cardinals agree on a new pontiff, white smoke will go up from the chapel.
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March 12, 2013 | By Henry Chu and Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times
VATICAN CITY - The gathering of Roman Catholic cardinals to pick a new pope began Tuesday with an oath of secrecy and an inaugural vote that produced no quick winner but gave the prelates their first look at which candidates are garnering the most support. Black smoke billowed from the chimney atop the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Tuesday evening less than 2 1/2 hours after the doors were shut to outsiders and the cardinals within prepared to cast ballots for the next leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics.
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