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New air control system protects Sistine Chapel art

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The Vatican on June 4 unveiled a $1-million environmental control system designed to protect the recently restored works of Michelangelo on the walls and ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.

According to the Vatican Information Service, Pope John Paul met with 400 executives and staff members of the Carrier Corporation, Delchi Carrier Italia and the parent company, United Technologies, and thanked them for the system.

He took the chance to describe technology as properly "not man's enemy, but an ally of work." In protecting the artwork from the effects of moisture, pollution and other threats, the climate control technology is "an instrumental goodhelping man to rise to the higher things which are part of his essential end."

The chapel, in addition to the famous Michelangelo frescos, contains the work of Botticelli and Perugino.