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OCT 30, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Vatican admits Sistine Chapel frescoes 'whitened'

The damage wasn't visible from the ground, but close inspection showed pockets of frescoes covered with a powdery patina that caked them like cracked sugar icing. While the exact origin is still unknown, officials told an academic conference that the powder consisted of calcium carbonate and calcium bicarbonate deposits, believed to have formed from the increasing levels of carbon dioxide ...

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OCT 30, 2014 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Vatican: Tourists harming Sistine Chapel frescoes

While the exact origin still unknown, officials told an academic conference Thursday that the powdery patina — which covers some frescoes like cracked sugar icing — was believed to be calcium carbonate and calcium bicarbonate deposits. Vatican officials have said the Sistine Chapel's new air conditioning system inaugurated this week would prevent potential damage from rising levels of carbon dioxide ...

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OCT 30, 2014 - The Guardian

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The Sistine Chapel in 3D? The Vatican must think we are all idiots

3D experiences cannot replace seeing Michelangelos wonderful art in the flesh. Does Italy just hate tourists?Does the Vatican think everyone who visits the Sistine Chapel is an idiot?New arrangements to see Michelangelos frescoes in the Vatican seem to view tourists as the enemy, to be fobbed off with 3D spectacles and virtual reality while perhaps being allowed to spend only ...

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OCT 30, 2014 - Huffington Post

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5 Things People Believe About Demons, Exorcisms and The Spirit World

The ancient Celts believed that in late October, on the night that marked the end of the summer season, the boundaries between the living and the dead blurred and ghosts returned to walk on the earth. Two thousand years later, the spirit world is just as real and tangible to many people of faith -- and not just on Halloween. ...

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OCT 30, 2014 - Associated Press

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Pope maps out personal (and progressive) policy

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has made some of the most important policy speeches of his pontificate in recent days, catching up for lost time following months of attention to bureaucratic reform and the turbulent meeting of bishops on family issues that just ended.

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