Taiwan cooperates with Holy See for exhibit

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Holy See delegation joins National Palace Museum director Fung Mingchu at ‘Treasures from Heaven’ press conference

Holy See delegation joins National Palace Museum director Fung Mingchu at ‘Treasures from Heaven’ press conference

The internationally acclaimed National Palace Museum in Taipei signed an agreement with the Holy See to present a special exhibition that brings sacred objects from the Vatican to Taiwan.

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Dubbed as Treasures of Heaven: A Special Exhibition of Artifacts from the Holy See, the exhibition is currently running until May 2 at the Galleries 105 and 107 of the National Palace Museum’s main exhibition building.

A total of 60 sacred objects from the Vatican, which include tiaras, vestments, ritual objects used by Popes and other artifacts from the Holy See, are featured.

The collections are divided into six categories namely: “The Holy See,” “The Liturgical Year,” “The Altar,” “The Pope and History,” “The Sacraments,” and “The Catholicism Spreads East.” Together, the collections present the deep relationship between the liturgy of the Catholic Church and the history and development of Catholicism.

The reliquary and relic of St. Francis Xavier will be on view at the exhibit

The reliquary and relic of St. Francis Xavier will be on view at the exhibit

Taiwan has enjoyed longstanding relations with the Vatican, it is the first time that these sacred objects will be exhibited internationally.

Along with these, historical books and documents from the National Palace Museum collection will also be presented. Archbishop Piero Marini, President of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congress, has also led a Holy See delegation comprised of some high officials from the Vatican City to Taiwan to attend the opening ceremony of the exhibit.

As Taiwan’s National Palace Museum is considered one of the most famous museums with the largest permanent collection of Chinese artifacts and artworks in the world, Director Fung Ming-chu, indeed takes pride in collaborating with the Vatican City to present the precious exhibition to the public.

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