Historic exhibition of St. Francis of Assisi manuscripts coming to Brooklyn Borough Hall

by Mary Frost | Brooklyn Daily Eagle  |  published on December 12, 2014

Historic 12th and 13th century manuscripts relating to St. Francis of Assisi are going on display starting Dec. 17 at Brooklyn Borough Hall, Borough President Eric Adams announced on Wednesday.

“Friar Francis: Traces, Words and Images,” is the biggest exhibition ever to be held at Borough Hall, and organizers expect it to be a blockbuster. This is the first time these 19 artifacts have left Italy in 700 years, and the exhibit is likely the only opportunity the public will have to view them in the United States. The manuscripts have been on private display at the United Nations since mid-November.

St. Francis of Assisi is called one of the most significant figures in the history of organized religion. Pope Francis, who is scheduled to visit New York City next year, took his papal name in honor of his commitment to the poor.

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