Mexico asks pope for loan of ancient books held in Vatican library – art and culture

The Mexican authorities has formally requested Pope Francis for the short-term return of a number of ancient indigenous manuscripts held in the Vatican library forward of subsequent yr’s 500-yr anniversary of the Spanish conquest of Mexico.

The request to permit the texts to be exhibited in Mexico was made in a two-web page letter addressed to Pope Francis and posted on President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s Twitter web page on Saturday however dated October 2.

It was delivered to the pope by Lopez Obrador’s spouse, Beatriz Gutierrez Muller, who met with him on the Vatican following a gathering she had on Friday with Italian President Sergio Mattarella.

One of the three codicies, or books, requested is the Codex Borgia, an particularly colourful display screen-fold e-book unfold throughout dozens of pages that depicts gods and rituals from ancient central Mexico.

It is one of the very best-preserved examples of pre-conquest Aztec-style writing that exists, after Catholic authorities in colonial-period Mexico dismissed such codicies because the work of the satan and ordered tons of and even 1000’s of them burned in the many years following the 1521 conquest.

In the letter, Lopez Obrador requests the Vatican return the Codex Borgia, two different ancient codicies in addition to its maps of the Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan for a one-yr loan in 2021.

The nationalist president is planning a collection of occasions to commemorate the anniversary subsequent yr. He additionally reiterated his request that the Catholic Church, in addition to reigning Spanish King Philip VI, apologize for atrocities that had been dedicated following the conquest of Mexico, which Lopez Obrador stated would mark an “act of historic contrition.”

The Vatican has not but responded to the request, however its museums and archives have in the previous lent out varied manuscripts and works of art after comparable requests from different international locations.

(This story has been revealed from a wire company feed with out modifications to the textual content.)

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