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Sen. Roy Blunt accepts rare Bible from pope

Blunt (left) with the pope
Blunt (left) with the pope

Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt on Thursday received a Saint Johns’ Illuminated Bible that Pope Francis donated to the Library of Congress.

This is some Bible. There are only 12 like it. It’s 1,130 pages. It contains 160 illustrations. It measures 2 feet by 3 feet when open. And it’s the first handwritten Bible commissioned in more than 500 years.

Blunt was involved with the donation in his role as chairman of the Joint Committee on the Library of Congress.

The pope presented the Bible immediately after his remarks to Congress, the first-ever by a pope.

In a statement, Blunt called meeting the pope “humbling” and “memorable.”

“The time and resources put into this completely handwritten and hand-illustrated Bible is remarkable,” he said. “And I’m glad it will reside in the Library of Congress as a reminder of the Pope’s historic visit to our great nation and the inspiring and hopeful message he had for us in Congress and across America.”

The Library will place the Bible on public exhibition starting Saturday.