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Erica Firpo at the Empty Vatican event, where Instagrammers were allowed in to take pictures

Lucky Instagrammers had the place to themselves for one evening

Boys in the Sistine Chapel choir in St Peter's Basilica (Photo: CNS)

The album, Cantate Domino, was recorded in the Sistine Chapel itself

The Sistine Chapel Choir sings in Westminster Cathedral in 2012

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The Sistine Chapel Choir will record the hymn (CNS)

Paul Inwood was among 90 composers to submit a composition to the Vatican

A group photograph of the homeless during their visit to the Sistine Chapel  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Holy Father asked the group to pray for him: ‘I’m in need of prayers by people like you’

The Sistine Chapel pictured as it was being prepared for the conclave in 2013 (CNS)

The visit has been organised by the papal aide who came up with the idea of installing showers for the homeless people near St Peter’s Basilica

The Sistine Chapel (CNS)

Cardinal Angelo Comastri received the demand of €100,000 for the return of the Renaissance-era documents

Pope Francis greets a baby at the Vatican earlier this year (CNS)

The Pope baptised 33 infants during a Mass yesterday

Pope Francis baptises a baby in the Sistine Chapel (AP/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

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