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Monday, July 6, 2009
Pope Benedict XVI Leads Vespers in the Restored Pauline Chapel

On July 4, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Solemn Vespers to commemorate the restoration of the Pauline Chapel, which contains the last frescoes that Renaissance artist Michaelangelo painted, the Conversion of St. Paul and the Crucifixion of St. Peter. The five-year restoration project cost the equivalent of $4.5 million.
Benedict XVI has put the previous altar back in its place, although still a short distance from the tabernacle, restoring the celebration of all "facing the Lord." He has had the ambo removed, and the communion rail put back in its place. The red carpet has disappeared from both the floor and the walls, which have been restored to their original appearance.

Pauline Chapel Reopened for Worship, Renovated
By Sandro Magister

Image Source (1 & 2): Getty Images
Image Source (3 & 4): Reuters


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