The Vatican has called a conference of exerts to try to find “the world’s most wanted painting”

A Nativity by Caravaggio stolen from a Palermo church allegedly by the Mafia in 1969.
The Vatican has called a conference of exerts to try to find “the world’s most wanted painting”
13 October 11:10 2018 Print This Article

The meeting at Palazzo della Cancelleria on Monday will “reiterate the opposition to the mafias on the part of the Church, according to the example of the Blessed Giuseppe Puglisi”, a priest gunned down by Cosa Nostra in Palermo in 1993, the Vatican said.

It aims to “put the Nativity at the centre of international debate so that the painting can finally be found”.

The priceless painting by Caravaggio was first believed to have been destroyed shortly after it disappeared in 1969.

The painting is called The Nativity and it was painted by the Renaissance master in 1609, shortly before his death.

It was stolen from a Palermo church 39 years ago, the day after it was mentioned in a TV show about ‘forgotten’ art treasures.

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