Vatican Treasures on Display in New York

NEW YORK, DEC. 3, 2008 ( Today is the opening day for an exposition of a body of works compiled in the Vatican Secret Archives, the Vatican Apostolic Library and the Vatican Museums.

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The exposition is organized by Scrinium in collaboration with other Vatican cultural institutions. It will be held at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York until Jan. 7.

Among the pieces on display, the «Processus Contra Templarios" (Trial Against the Templars), stands out. It includes the unedited, complete acts of the ancient process of the Templars.

Another item in the exposition is the golden centennial Bible that contains medieval Christian art in the form of refined miniatures in gold, characteristic of manuscripts from the Romantic, Gothic and Renaissance periods.

The Vatican Apostolic Library project was begun in 1982 on the initiative of Pope John Paul II, who desired “to make known to the world treasures of wisdom and beauty.” It has enabled the transmission of very delicate codices, which otherwise would have been lost through history.

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