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Posted: Saturday, October 26, 2013 4:30 am

VATICAN CITY — They entered the Sistine Chapel in tuxedoes and gowns, the clacking of high heels on marble competing with the Latin chants of a choir filling the frescoed hall.

The donors to the Vatican Museums got serious VIP treatment during their recent visit to Rome: lectures on museum restoration projects, catered dinners in museum galleries, a vespers service in the Sistine Chapel celebrated by papal prefect Monsignor Georg Gaenswein — and even a one-on-one with Pope Francis himself.

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