Vatican exhibit to open during World Meeting of Families, papal visit

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June 10, 2015

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. (CNS photo/Vatican press kit) See EXHIBIT-SPLENDORS June 10, 2015.

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. (CNS photo/Vatican press kit)

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — 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.

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