Holy Matrimony

Vatican Building Houses Gay Sauna

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Italian cardinal and Milan archbishop Angelo Scola prays before leading a mass at the Santi Apostoli church (the Church of the Twelve Holy Apostles) on March 10, 2013 in Rome, Italy. Cardinals are set to enter the papal conclave to elect a successor to Pope Benedict XVI after he became the first pope in 600 years to resign from the role. The conclave is scheduled to start on March 12 inside the Sistine Chapel and will be attended by 115 cardinals as they vote to select the 266th Pope of the Catholic Church.

Talk about unlikely neighbors. Apparently, the Holy See purchased $21 million in shares of a Rome apartment block that's home to Europe’s biggest gay sauna. Cardinal Ivan Dias, head of the Congregation for Evangelization of Peoples, lives in an apartment in the palazzo, mere yards from the sauna's entrance. The Vatican owns 18 apartments total. The sauna is known for its "bear nights," in which, according to its website, “a hairy, overweight pastor of souls, is free to the music of his clergyman, remaining in a thong, because he wants to expose body and soul.”