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Sistine Chapel Rented For Private Corporate Event

October 17, 2014

There are some things that should never be done as they are just not appropriate.  This would be one of them.  While the funds will go to a most worthy cause the larger message this imparts is that if you have money you can be granted access anywhere.   That is just not the way to best address the wide gulf between the haves and the have-nots.   I am surprised Pope Francis does not see this move as one that further underscores the invasive power that wealth has and how it can gain access to places even as sacred as the Sistine Chapel.

Pope Francis has for the first time allowed the Sistine Chapel to be rented out for a private corporate event, with the proceeds to go to charities working with the poor and homeless.

The concert, to be performed amid the splendour of Michelangelo’s frescoes on Saturday, will be attended by a select group of about 40 high-paying tourists who have signed up to an exclusive tour of Italy organised by Porsche.

But as the unprecedented deal was announced, the Vatican announced that it would limit the number of visitors allowed inside the chapel to the current total of six million, amid fears that the frescoes are being damaged by the breath and sweat of so many tourists.

The Vatican would not divulge how much it will earn from the event, but the five-day tour of Rome arranged by the Porsche Travel Club costs up to 5,000 euros per head, meaning an overall price of 200,000 euros.

Participants are promised “a magnificent concert in the Sistine Chapel, with its ceiling frescoes painted by Michelangelo”.

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