Today, we were pleased to participate in a presentation of an Apostles Edition of The Saint John’s Bible to the Library of Congress in the presence of His Holiness Pope Francis. GHR Foundation partnered with Saint John’s Abbey and University to present the gift to the American people, honoring and commemorating this historic visit by Pope Francis.
This gift was made in acknowledgement of the Pope’s devotion to scripture, concern for the dignity of all people, care for creation and commitment to justice. The Saint John’s Bible was designed to foster the arts, ignite the spiritual imagination of people around the world and give voice and expression to underserved communities.
We were motivated to make this remarkable gift for two important reasons:
First, The importance of faith in public life. Through our work at GHR Foundation and multi-faith input in The St. John’s Bible project, we know when people of all faiths find a common path forward, they build lasting connections and better results. We hope this gift helps remind all Americans that what unites us is far greater than what divides us.
Second, the opportunity to place time-tested values at the center of today’s modern agenda. Like Pope Francis, The St. John’s Bible uses a modern approach to convey age-old truths—love, humility, compassion and faith. Pope Francis has urged those in power to not forget the marginalized and act with compassion, love and faith to solve the problems we face today. These themes are reflected in The Saint John’s Bible. The amazing work of art highlights those who were excluded from the illuminated texts of past centuries.
The Saint John’s Bible will be on display in the Library of Congress starting Sept. 26 alongside other rare works like the Gutenberg Bible, giving the American people an opportunity to experience this impressive text for themselves. To learn more about this project and GHR’s other funding efforts, contact us.