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Prime Minister concludes Vatican visit by attending opening of exhibition of Plečnik’s chalices and liturgical objects

  • Former Prime Minister Marjan Šarec (2018 - 2020)

Slovenian Prime Minister Marjan Šarec was today on an official visit to the Vatican, where this morning he had a private audience with Pope Francis and a meeting with Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin.

At the conclusion of his visit, the Prime Minister attended an exhibition of Plečnik’s chalices and other liturgical objects in the Vatican Museums. The exhibition was opened by Slovenian Minister of Culture Zoran Poznič, Vatican Museums Director Barbara Jatta and Ljubljana City Museum and Galleries Director Blaž Peršin. 

Speaking at the reception to mark Slovenia’s Statehood Day that followed the opening of the exhibition, the Prime Minister remarked that we should be very proud and happy, since this is the first ever Slovenian exhibition in the Vatican. “Jože Plečnik is Slovenian architecture’s greatest son. He was a deeply religious man, which is perhaps something not everyone knows, and it is therefore no coincidence that he should have created the objects we are able to admire today. I would like to thank everyone who has made this exhibition possible. It is something of which we can be enormously proud. This is a great event for Slovenia.”

The exhibition will remain on view in the Vatican Museums until 7 September.