Vatican to participate in Turin Book Fair

Turin Book Fair

The Holy See will have its own stand at the 27th Turin International Book Fair, with works by Popes Francis, Benedict XVI and John Paul II. The event will be introduced by Cardinals Gianfranco Ravasi and Parolin, reports Vatican Insider.

Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi has announced the Holy See’s participation as guest of honour at the 27th international book fair in Turin, between May 8-12. 'This could be my life’s motto and I hope that of many others,' the Cardinal and Prefect of the Ambrosian Library said, before taking up his current role as President of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

'I have always been surrounded by books and this event is very special for me. People often comment on how little people nowadays read, and that books are doomed. It is certainly true that in Italy in particular, reading is a rare thing. But events such as the Turin book fair prove pessimists wrong,' Ravasi said.

The Holy See will have a stand in the form of a dome made out of books, designed by architect Roberto Pulitani of the Vatican Governorate. Original manuscripts such as Dante’s Inferno with illustrations by Sandro Botticelli and Homer’s Iliad in Greek with Latin translation will form the base of the structure which copies Donato Bramante’s 16th century plan for St Peter's Basilica.

The stand will exhibit documents from Vatican institutions such as the Vatican publishing house, the Vatican Museums, the Vatican Apostolic Library, the Vatican Secret Archives, academies and pontifical commissions.

FULL STORY Vatican to have its own stand at the 2014 Turin International Book Fair (Vatican Reporter)

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