May 30, 2000
volume 11, no. 100

NEWS for Tuesday, May 30, 2000

    The exhibition "Peter and Paul, History, Worship, Memory in the First Centuries" was presented last week in the Holy See Press Office. The exhibition, as it was announced, will be held in Rome's chancellory building from June 30 to December 10. The event has been promoted by the Pontifical Council for the Laity for the occasion of World Youth Day, and the Pontifical Monuments, Museums and Galleries.

    The exposition holds several works of art and archeological pieces. The first section contains lamps, plaques, stained glass and sarcophagi from the Jewish catacombs in Rome, while the second section houses a number of historic sarcophagi. The following two sections develop, respectively, the themes of the history and iconography of these apostles, also giving consideration to episodes handed down in the apocryphal gospels, such as the miracle of the fountain and the arrest of Peter. The final section deals with the theme of worship "and contains material found near the tomb of Peter.

    Bishop Stanislaw Rylko, secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, said that the exhibition "lies in the context of the series of exhibitions on Christian art, on archeology and on Church history, promoted by our dicastery over the last few years on the occasion of World Youth Days." Furthermore, he added, "the common denominator in these exhibitions is the figure of Peter and his ministry in the Church. These two elements always shine forth in all their splendor whenever young people gather around the Pope."

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