"Verbum Domini" Bible Exhibit opens in Vatican

2012-02-29 Vatican Radio

“Verbum Domini” is the title of a new exhibition dedicated to the Bible, which was introduced in a press conference Wednesday morning at Vatican Radio. The initiative, sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture, aims to introduce visitors to the great history of the Bible. Housed in the Charlemagne wing of the colonnade adjoining St. Peter’s Basilica, the show brings together more than 150 biblical artifacts of great historical importance.

The exhibit was put together from private collections from around the world. The foundation of the display are items from the Green Collection – the largest private collection in the world of rare biblical texts and documents. “The exhibit is to share our love and passion for the Bible,” said Steve Green, who is in Rome as the representative of the family that owns the Green Collection. “Our family has had a love for the Bible that has been passed on for generations.”

He spoke about the meaning of the exhibition: “The Verbum Domini, specifically, is a way of celebrating the interfaith love that many traditions have for the Bible, and we believe that is a way of sharing that with the world.”

“With the Pope’s recent lecture on Verbum Domini,” he said, “we realized that there’s a love as well within the Catholic Church, and we wanted to celebrate what we have as a commonality… this is where we can all come together within the different faith traditions, and celebrate the Word that we all love.”

Listen to the complete interview of Steve Green with Christopher Wells: