Franklin Institute to Display Vatican Artworks During Pope’s Visit

When Pope Francis is in town in September for the World Meeting of Families, he’ll have a little piece of home at the Franklin Institute to make him feel that much more welcome. The museum will open “Vatican Splendors” on September 19th, an exhibit showcasing 200 treasures from the Vatican.

The exhibit has traveled to other U.S. cities, but 40 percent of the items that will be on display in Philadelphia are new to this tour. Pieces include a touchable cast of Saint John Paul II’s hand, Michelangelo’s caliper, and bone fragments from the hands of Saints Peter and Paul. More from the Franklin Institute:

Vatican Splendors includes many artifacts which have never left Vatican City. The collection is composed of renaissance art along with work from the baroque period. The 10 galleries walk you through the history of Christianity focusing on the Catholic Church and the amazing religious art that came out of Rome. An impressive focus in the exhibition is on the Basilica of which Michelangelo and Bernini were key contributors.

The museum has begun coordinating a host of lectures and activities surrounding the 10-room exhibit. Keep track of what’s happening via their site. “Vatican Splendors” opens September 19th and will be on display through February 15, 2016.

(h/t Fox)