With just a day before the papal conclave, the Vatican has shocked many by buying a portion of a Rome apartment block that houses the largest gay sauna in Europe. The most  concerned individual is probably Congregation for Evangelisation of Peoples head Cardinal Ivan Dias, who lives in a 12-room apartment mere yards away from Europa Multiclub. Lighten up, dude.

The block houses 18 other Vatican apartments, which are mostly inhabited by priests. Meanwhile, the Vatican is still fighting off rumors that pope Benedict XVl quit over an alleged scandal involving gay priests and male prostitutes. This doesn't exactly help.

Among the sauna's specials are “bear nights," and a video on its website features a large, hairy man disrobing before donning a priest's garb. According to the website, "Bruno" is 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."

No judgement over here, but this kind of makes the Vatican look silly.

[via The Independent]