Vatican Art Exhibit Extended in St. Paul

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - A rare exhibit of Vatican art and artifacts is being extended an extra week in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The exhibit, called "Vatican Splendors" is at the Minnesota History Center. It includes 200 items, including one of the oldest representations of the face of Jesus Christ.

The exhibit opened Sept. 27 and will now run through Jan. 19. After that, all of the objects will be returned to Italy.

Minnesota History Center Director Dan Spock says local interest in the exhibit has prompted the museum to extend its hours.

Among the treasures is, "Daniel in the Lion's Den," a 17th-century statue that's being displayed for the first time outside the Vatican.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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