NEWS for Tuesday, May 30, 2000
EXHIBITION ON APOSTLES PETER AND PAUL TO BEGIN JUNE 30
VATICAN CITY, 29 (NE)
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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