17 May 2017

In Italy, a Bible exhibit for the 800th anniversary of the Custody of the Holy Land

From May 13 to May 20, the Commissariat of the Holy Land of Naples (Italy) hosts the exhibition on the sacred text "The Bible: Book of Life and Culture".

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Parchment scrolls, manuscripts, prints from the 1500s, and even fragments saved from the flames during the Second World War: these are just some of the works displayed in the exhibit "The Bible: Life and Culture Book" from May 13 to May 20, organized by the Commissariat General of the Holy Land in Naples, Italy, on the occasion of the 800th anniversary of the Custody of the Holy Land and the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation.

Commissioner of the Holy Land of Naples - Italy
“This biblical exhibit is designed to be a means of bringing the Commissariat of the Holy Land to the attention of the city of Naples and to commemorate the 800th anniversary of the presence of the Franciscans in the Holy Land.”

Custos of the Holy Land
"Since the Word of God is our rule of life, it seems to me [that this is] a very beautiful opportunity for there to be an exhibit on the Bible hosted here at the Naples Commissariat and also that it is hosted on the occasion of the eighth centenary of our arrival in the Holy Land.,”

In 1217, after the Pentecost chapter, a dozen Franciscan friars departed to the Holy Land under the guidance of Fr. Elia da Cortona. Over the centuries, the relationship between the Custody of the Holy Land and Naples has become increasingly strong.

Commissioner of the Holy Land of Naples - Italy
“The Neapolitan Royals, Roberto D'Angiò and Sancha of Majorca made a great donation to the Egyptian Sultan and they acquired the Cenacle and the rights to celebrate [mass at] the Holy Sepulcher.

The exhibition, curated by Fr. Michele Perruggini, displays, among others, documents that testify to the whole biblical editorial evolution, from the 15th to the 17th century and it develops according to the historical, the iconographic and the bibliographic itineraries.

Cardinal of Naples, Crescenzio Sepe, present at the inauguration, emphasizes: “This is a precious occasion to rediscover the sacred text and hand it down using new methods."

Archbishop of Naples
“Where there is humanity, the Bible becomes the soul from which to draw dignity and strength, and from which to make all of those ideals that are part of man's life a reality.”