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The Sistine Chapel-A Jobsite Once Again

by Paul L. Gleiser

(ROME) Tourists wait for hours in order to gain only a few minutes inside the Sistine Chapel. But the process of choosing a new pope puts Catholic cardinals under the age of 80 behind locked doors and under the ceiling created by Michelangelo for hours on end.

Just as it was in 1508 when Michelangelo’s scaffolds afforded him access to the ceiling, the Sistine Chapel was again a jobsite the weekend before the beginning of the papal conclave.