Pope Francis receives final volume of The Saint John’s Bible

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April 17, 2015

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His Holiness Pope Francis receiving the final volume of The Saint John’s Bible at the Vatican on April 17. The Holy Father gestured in praise and thanksgiving when he saw Letters and Revelation’s “The Vision of the New Jerusalem. Pictured with Pope Francis (left to right) Abbot John Klassen, OSB, Saint John’s Abbey, Michael Hemesath, president of Saint John’s University, Donald Jackson, artistic director of The Saint John’s Bible, and Katharine and Dan Whalen. © L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO

The final volume of the limited, full-sized fine art edition of The Saint John’s Bible was presented to Pope Francis April 17 by the Papal Foundation and St. John’s University in Collegeville.

As Pope Francis saw the illumination portraying the heavenly Jerusalem, he raised his hands motioning in praise, blessing and thanksgiving, according to a news release about the event from St. John’s University. The illumination from Letters and Revelation shows the fulfillment of the Old Testament’s prophecy that the gates never close, and the heavenly Jerusalem is open to all people of every nation.

The presentation occurred at the Vatican during the annual meeting of the Papal Foundation. The Holy Father received Letters and Revelation, the last completed volume of the St. Peter Apostles Edition of The Saint John’s Bible, signed and authenticated by Donald Jackson, the Bible’s artistic director.

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