Montreal, Canada, Mar 15, 2005 / 22:00 pm
An impressive exhibit of 2,000 years of papal history, from St. Peter to Pope John Paul II, will make its way to North America this summer.
“St. Peter and the Vatican: The Legacy of the Popes” will be on display from June 4 to Sept. 18 in the crypt of Montreal’s historic Notre Dame Basilica. This will be the tour’s only Canadian stop.
The three-month exhibit will feature more than 300 pieces of Vatican art, artifacts and documents. It is based on similar four-city tour of the United States in 2003-04, but organizers say 70 per cent of the pieces in the current exhibit have never traveled to North America.
The exhibit is organized chronologically into 12 thematic galleries. In the first gallery, visitors can read a welcome letter by Pope John Paul II and watch a video on the discovery of St. Peter’s tomb in 1968.