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Vatican Museums to be led by a woman for the 1st time in history

The Italian art historian Barbara Jatta. (Musei Vaticani / Handout)

Female leadership and the Vatican are not usually two words you’d expect to see in the same sentence, but Pope Francis has decided to provide Catholics with a minor Christmas miracle of sorts by choosing Barbara Jatta as the first woman ever to direct the Vatican Museums. When she takes on the position on January 1, Jatta will become the highest-ranking female administrator inside the Vatican. Most positions of power in the city-state are taken up by the very old boys club of cardinals and bishop. The Vatican Museums are among the most popular cultural institutions in the world and include the iconic Sistine Chapel. Jatta is a professor of graphic arts and the current deputy director of the museums — she has worked in the headquarters of the Roman Catholic Church since 1996.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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