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Quotes from “Dark Mysteries of the Vatican” by H.Paul Jeffers

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but it also operates like a worldwide corporation
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were accused of trying to sell works of art falsely attributed to artists such as Michelangelo, Guercino and Giambologna, to art institutions such as the Metropolitan
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Vatican is both a city and a state
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“If the Vatican sold all its artworks, they would bring in hundreds of millions of dollars-but only once.
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It has been calculated that “it costs about $250 million a year to operate the Vatican
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No nation of Catholics gives more than Americans.
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For 2004, that total came to $89 million. Of this amount, roughly $27.2 million came from individual dioceses under the terms of canon 1271 of the Code of Canon Law, which obligated dioceses to contribute to the financial support of the Holy See. This means that the 2,883 ecclesiastical jurisdictions in the world gave an average of $10,000 each in 2004…
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The money comes from…contributions from bishops’ conferences, dioceses, religious orders, individual lay donors, and ‘other entities.’
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. Peter’s Basilica, are ornamented with gold, silver, precious stones, and the finest marble.
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major damage suffered by a work of art in St. Peter’s since a German broke two fingers off the statue of a kneeling Pope Pius VI in 1970.
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The left arm of the Virgin was shattered and the nose, left eye, and veil were chipped.
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1972, a thirty-three-year-old, Hungarian-born Australian, Laszlo Toth, leaped over a guardrail in St. Peter’s crying, “I’m Jesus Christ!” and attacked the statue with a hammer.
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It contains eleven separate rooms filled with celebrated antiquities.
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Much of the Vatican ’s income comes from donations from church members around the world. American Catholics give about $80 million. Experts estimated that the Vatican ’s total wealth in 2008 was in excess of five billion euros ($5 billion).
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2007, the Vatican reported an overall income of 236.7 million euros, while expenses totaled 245.8 million
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Rent hikes reportedly caused controversy in Rome where it was alleged that the Church had threatened to evict tenants who didn’t pay up.
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if the Church had not raised rents on its Rome properties, on which the Church does not pay property taxes to the Italian state.
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The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe
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The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest individual of the twentieth century. No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars
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“Michelangelo painted the vault with scenes from the book of Genesis: the Creation of the world and of Adam and Eve, the Fall and Expulsion from the Garden of Eden, and God’s destruction of the world by the flood…
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