- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - Medieval manuscripts and papal documents relating to St. Francis of Assisi are going on display in Brooklyn’s Borough Hall.

New York City officials say it’s the first time the documents have left Italy in 700 years.

The 13th and 14th century texts come from the Sacred Convent of St. Francis in Assisi.

The 19 Franciscan texts document the theological teachings and life of the patron saint of the poor.

Among them is Codex 338. It’s a collection of the earliest writings and documents relating to Francis. It includes the Canticle of the Creatures, considered the first literary document written in the vernacular.

The U.N. hosted a private exhibition of the manuscripts last month.

The Brooklyn exhibition runs Dec. 17 through Jan. 14, except Sundays, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

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