Sunderland kids create Children Codex: A gift to Pope Francis

By Hannah Banks and Alisha Blunt

School children across Sunderland have been recreating one of history’s most influential books.

Pupils at Dame Dorothy Primary School, St Peters, were among some of the hundreds of children to write and illustrate a page from The Codex Amiatinus – one of the first Bibles ever created.

Leaving St Peter’s Church on Saturday June 4, it will first visit Westminster Abbey to be signed by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby before crossing the sea to Rome and being delivered to Pope Francis, where it will be displayed in the Vatican.

The Codex Amiatinus was written 1300 years ago and is now kept at Florence in the Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, an historical library in the heart of Italy.

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