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2014-04-30 08:27:23

NASHVILLE, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Igor Babailov, Hon. RAA, Vatican Papal artist of Saint John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, has just returned from Rome to paint his official portrait of Pope Francis for the Vatican, and will have painted three Popes, one of whom is now a Saint. Official arrangements were made for the artist to go to the Vatican where he drew sketches of Pope Francis from life, met him and received his blessing. His Vatican portraits are officially...

2008-06-26 06:02:44

By Elisabetta Povoledo As Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and the rest of the cast and crew of "Angels and Demons" wrap up filming, the Dan Brown effect is on many minds here. Brown's last book-turned-movie, "The Da Vinci Code," spawned hordes of tourists, toting well-thumbed novels, traipsing around France, Scotland and elsewhere to unravel its mysteries. Now Romans are wondering if the film of "Angels and Demons," based on the 2000 predecessor to "The Da Vinci Code," will do the same for their...

2006-04-20 17:58:09

By Rachel Sanderson VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Michelangelo designed its dome and Bernini created its columns, but St Peter's Basilica has the modern age to thank for the chewing gum stuck to its floors and the graffiti marring its walls. As the Vatican launched a 500th anniversary celebration of St Peter's on Thursday, the prelate in charge of the upkeep of Christianity's largest church was considering how to save it for another half millennia. "People have no idea how much time and...

2006-02-10 08:10:00

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Whenever Italian Interior Minister Giuseppe Pisanu wants a respite from the rigors of protecting the country's borders and preventing terrorism, he can turn to master artists like Caravaggio or Giotto for solace. But Pisanu is not just another art lover. Due to a series of quirks in Italian history, his ministry -- and not the Vatican or the Roman Catholic Church -- actually owns some 700 of Italy's most famous basilicas, cathedrals, churches and...

2005-07-28 07:32:47

By Philip Pullella PIETRASANTA, Italy (Reuters) - If Michelangelo were alive today, he might well be sculpting, teaching and losing his notoriously short temper right here in "Holy Stone." This is Pietrasanta, the Tuscan town that is part artist's colony, part sculpture workshop, part open-air museum, part gallery and part state of mind. The faithful in Pietrasanta, Italian for "holy stone," worship one god above all others -- marble. "This whole area is set up for sculptors. It is a...


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