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Vatican held to ransom over stolen Michelangelo documents

on Sunday, 08 March 2015. Posted in General Autograph News

By Harriet Alexander

Vatican held to ransom over stolen Michelangelo documents
In popular imagination the Vatican is, away from the hallowed halls, a place of dark corridors, skulduggery and shady secrets.

On Sunday the Pope’s press secretary appeared to give weight to the Hollywood image, with the remarkable announcement that the Vatican had received a ransom demand for the return of two rare documents written by Renaissance master Michelangelo, which were stolen from its archives nearly 20 years ago.