Holy See Display Popular at Expo

Holy See Display Popular at Expo

Includes El Greco's Last Painting

ROME, JUNE 19, 2008 (Zenit.org).- The Holy See's pavilion at the international exposition on "Water and Sustainable Development," being held in Zaragoza, Spain, is attracting thousands of visitors.

The Holy See's booth offers a reflection on the divine and human dimensions of water. The "Expo Zaragoza 2008" is under way through Sept. 14.

When the expo opened Saturday, more than 4,000 visitors went to the pavilion -- some 12% of the total number of visitors at the event, L'Osservatore Romano reported today.

El Greco's "The Baptism of Christ" -- his last -- is the work that has most captured the visitors' attention.

Also of great interest is the tapestry of "Creation," on loan from the Vatican Museums and placed in the main room of the pavilion, as well as the bronze and silver baptismal font given to Pope John Paul II in 1996 and used by Pontiffs on special occasions, such as the celebration of baptisms at the Easter Vigil.

The Holy See will hold a congress at the expo on "The Ecological Question: Man's Life in the World," scheduled for July 10-12.

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