As the papal conclave looms, itâ€™s been revealed the Holy See has bought multi-million dollar share of a Rome apartment block that is home to Europeâ€™s biggest gay sauna.
There are 19 Vatican apartments in the block, which also houses Europa Multiclub.
The saunaâ€™s website promotes one of its special bear nights, with a video in which a bear strips down before changing into a priestâ€™s outfit. It says Bruno, â€śa hairy, overweight pastor of souls, is free to the music of his clergyman, remaining in a thong, because he wants to expose body and soulâ€ť.
The 76-year-old Cardinal Ivan Dias, the head of the Congregation for Evangelisation of Peoples, known as the â€śprince of the churchâ€ť enjoys a 12-room apartment on the first-floor of the complex, not far from the saunaâ€™s entrance.
It comes as the Vatican is still reeling from allegations that Benedict XVI quit in reaction to the presence of a gay underground network.