| Vatican exhibit to open during meeting
This painting of the Madonna will be on display in Philadelphia when the "Vatican Splendors" exhibit opens in September during the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis.
Vatican press kit/cns
PHILADELPHIA — Works of art including paintings, sculptures and rare artifacts from the Vatican will be on display just in time for the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia this September.
More than 200 works of art, 40 percent of which have never been shown publicly anywhere, are part of the "Vatican Splendors" exhibit opening Sept. 19 at Philadelphia's venerable Franklin Institute and running through February 2016.
Officials with the families meeting and the institute announced the arrival of the exhibit during a news conference June 5. Philadelphia is the only East Coast destination for the exhibit in a two-city North American tour. The second city has not yet been announced.
"We are going to make Philadelphia shine its brightest in September," said Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of Families. "Vatican Splendors" will be "a showstopper for visitors and Catholics in our region," she said.
"This is a beautiful opportunity that will connect them."
The nearly 10,000-square-foot exhibit, organized into 11 different galleries, will consist of significant objects collected by Vatican Museums over the span of 2,000 years.
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