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Vatican items displayed ahead of museum debut

Staff writer, with CNA

Ten rare artifacts from the Vatican were revealed to the public on Thursday, less than three months before a special exhibition at the National Palace Museum in Taipei that is to showcase 60 treasures from the Holy See.

The relics are a jeweled closure, tiara, chalice with paten, Chinese-inspired chasuble with stole, processional cross, red mantle with stole, chasuble with stole, mandyllion of Edessa, altarpiece and reliquary and relic of St Francis Xavier, the museum said in a statement.

“These examples of sacred clothing and holy objects are not only great works of art, but also imbued with deep religious meaning,” said the museum, which houses more than 600,000 pieces and has one of the largest collections of ancient Chinese artifacts and artwork in the world.

They are part of a collection of artifacts to go on display at the exhibition, “Treasures from Heaven: A Special Exhibition of Artifacts from the Holy See.”

The exhibition is to run from Feb. 5 to May 2, showcasing the culture and history of the world’s largest Christian church, which has had a vast influence on the world for centuries, the museum said.

Sixty artifacts from the Holy See are to be displayed, along with 10 historical documents from the museum’s collection, it said.

The exhibition will be divided into six sections: the Holy See; the liturgical year; the altar; the pope and history; the sacraments; and Catholicism spreading to the East.

It said the purpose of the exhibit is to detail the close relationship between the liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church, the pope, and the history of the Catholic Church.

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