Pope Francis to Donate Rare Bible to Library of Congress During Capitol Hill Visit

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When Pope Francis comes to Capitol Hill to address Congress on Sept. 24, he will present a copy of a special fine art edition of the Bible commissioned by a Minnesota Benedictine abbey to Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and the Library of Congress.


The seven-volume work, known as the Apostles Edition of the St. John’s Bible, is believed to be the first hand-written and illuminated bible produced since the invention of the printing press. Completed in 2011, it is one of only 12 such sets, and cost $8 million to produce.


The 1,150-page work was presented to the Pope in April by officials of St. John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minn., and Donald Jackson, the British calligrapher who collaborated with St. John’s to produce the English language bible. The Pope in turn is giving it to the American people.
The Rev. John Klassen, abbot of St. John’s Abbey, said the St. John’s Bible is not meant only for Catholics but to be read by people of all faiths.
Similar, less expensive sets are available through the St. John’s Bible website.
SOURCE: The Hill
Albert Eisele

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