At the invitation of Archbishop Nienstedt, the MN/ND Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums and The Basilica of Saint Mary, Giovanni Cardinal Lajolo, President of the Governatorato of Vatican City State and of the Vatican Museums will be visiting the Twin Cities in June of 2010.
A longtime church diplomat, Pope Benedict XVI named then Archbishop Lajolo to this position in 2006. Three years later archbishop Lajolo was created a Cardinal by His Holiness. Among his many responsibilitie as president of the Governatorato, His Eminence also oversees the work of the Vatican Museums. It is in this position that he will be visiting MN. His visit coincides with the beginning of the celebrations of the 10th anniversary of the MN/ND chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. The Cardinal is grateful for all the precious art and artifacts in the museums that have been restored thanks to the generosity of people from MN and ND, and he is looking forward to our continued and expanded support.
The Cardinal’s calendar will be quite filled when he is in the Twin Cities June 3-6, 2010. There will be public and private events. One of the highlights of his visit will be a public lecture on the history and the work of the Vatican Museums. This lecture will be co-sponsored by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and will be held in the Museums auditorium. Dr. Kaywin Feldman, director and president of the MIA says that “the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is delighted to collaborate with The Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums and The Basilica of Saint Mary in offering this timely lecture by His Eminence Giovanni Cardinal Lajolo. The Vatican Museums contain some of humanity’s greatest treasures. His Eminence’s lecture promises to be insightful and stimulating for our museum-loving community in the Twin Cities.” This lecture will be open to the public at a nominal cost.
Another highlight will be the 9:30am Solemn Mass for the feast of Corpus Christi celebrated by His Eminence at The Basilica of Saint Mary on Sunday June 6. The Cathedral Choir and select other musicians will provide the music, and a reception will follow.