Thursday, September 24, 2015

Rare illuminated Bible given in honor of Pope Francis to U.S. Library of Congress

Pope Francis witnesses the donation of a Saint John’s Illuminated Bible to the Library of Congress
WASHINGTON, DC---The Library of Congress today received as a gift from Saint John’s Abbey and University an Apostles Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, a work of art with more than 1,130 pages and 160 illuminations that reflect life in the modern era, measuring 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide when open. It is the first handwritten and illuminated Bible commissioned by a monastery since the invention of the printing press, more than 500 years ago. The Library will place the rare edition on public exhibition beginning Saturday, Sept. 26. The gift of this Apostles Edition, made possible by GHR Foundation, was made in the presence of Pope Francis, following his address to a joint meeting of Congress. [link]