The Vatican revealed on Sunday that it received a ransom demand from a former employee for 100,000 euros for the return of two rare documents by Michelangelo stolen 20 years ago.
The theft had not been made public before Sunday’s announcement.
A cardinal in charge of St. Peter’s Basilica had recently been contacted by the person offering the ransom, but the cardinal “naturally refused because these are stolen documents.”
According to a Vatican spokesman, a nun in the Vatican archives notified officials in 1997 that the documents had gone missing. No details about the documents were disclosed, except that one has the artist’s signature. Read more at CBC.