The Catholic University of America

July 22, 2008

Papal Exhibit on Display at CUA

The papal exhibit includes several objects related to Pope Benedict XVI's visit to campus.
A papal zucchetto, a museum-grade reproduction of the Letters of St. Peter and the chair Pope Benedict XVI used during his visit to Catholic University will be among the objects displayed as part of an exhibit that opens July 29 at CUA's Columbus School of Law. In addition, CUA will host a summer social celebrating the opening of the exhibit on Thursday, July 31, between 4 and 6 p.m.

The exhibit, "Together in Faith: The Pope Visits Catholic University," presented by the University Archives, will feature three sections dedicated to planning the papal visit, papal-related contests such as the competition to design Pope Benedict XVI's chair, and various photos, banners and gifts from the visit.

In addition to the chair, objects will include the zucchetto, or white hat, the Holy Father wore upon his arrival to CUA and gave to Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president. A second papal gift to Father O'Connell, a third-century papyrus copy of the First Letter of St. Peter, will also be on display along with such items as a rosary blessed by the Pope and papal cards with the Pope's signature.

Rosalind Boyer Bernard and Chiquita Shields Lopez of the law school's Office of Career and Professional Development check out the new exhibit.

A corresponding Web site for the exhibit can be found here.

The papal exhibit will be available for viewing between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at the following locations:

July 29 to Aug. 24, Columbus School of Law, Keelty Atrium
Aug. 26 to Sept. 5, John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, first floor
Sept. 9 to Sept. 17, McMahon Hall, lobby
Sept. 20 to Oct. 19, Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center, atrium

MEDIA: For more information, contact Katie Lee or Mary McCarthy at 202-319-5600.

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