Today in Crikey, The Power Index's Paul Barry valiantly attempts to cost the new multimillion dollar pilgrim centre at the Vatican, known as Domus Australia.

Cardinal Pell was photographed beaming with pride at the ribbon-cutting ceremony yesterday to launch what he hopes will become many Australian Catholic pilgrims' "home away from home". Domus Australia includes a 32-room hotel offering Aussie breakfasts and an Australian take on Catholicism, with a two-metre high portrait of the Virgin Mary, entitled Our Lady of the Southern Cross.