Tonight on CBS, a Peek Inside the Vatican Library

Tonight on CBS, viewers will be treated to a special hour of "60 Minutes Presents:  Inside the Vatican."  Scott Pelley will profile Pope Francis, who is surprising the world by spurning tradition; and Morley Safer will lead viewers on a tour of the Vatican Library.The program will air at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time and Pacific Time.  To whet your appetite for what is certain to be a fascinating disclosure of rarely seen documents, let me tell you a little about the things I've seen in that ha … [Read more...]

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Bible That Traveled to the Moon Now Visits the Vatican

In February 1971, astronaut Edgar Mitchell traveled to the moon aboard Apollo 14, carrying with him a reminder of the Creator:  a tiny Bible.  I told the story of the "space bible" when it was up for auction two years ago (and I linked to some notable prayers from space).Now the microchip Bible will be among items displayed at the Vatican in a special exhibit called "Verbum Domini II:  God's Word Goes Out to the Nations."  The exhibit, which runs from April 2 through June 22, will feature art … [Read more...]

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First-Ever Painting of Native Americans—Discovered in the Vatican?

Pinturicchio’s fresco of “The Resurrection” has adorned a wall at the Vatican for 519 years—but someone just noticed that there are native Americans in the scene.   It was 1494 when the Renaissance painter completed the fresco in the Borgia Apartments, now part of the Vatican Library.  Christopher Columbus had just returned from discovering the New World—and had reported that there were men there who danced nude, painting their bodies and wearing feathered headd … [Read more...]

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