Pope to receive bell made by ancient Vatican foundry
Trivento diocese makes special bell for 'year of the faith'15 October, 16:11
The bell is known as a "Vox Fidei", or "voice of faith", and will be on show in the Trivento cathedral through the Christmas period, before its delivery to the pope on a scheduled pilgrimage to Rome.
The bell was created by the Marinelli foundry in the small, southern Italian town of Isernia.
The Marinella foundry, which is the Vatican's official bell-maker, has been operating since the early 11th century and is thought to be the oldest company in Europe. The bell has a 42-cm diameter and rings the note 'la' or 'A' and features a reproduction of a stone bas-relief from a medieval crypt in the Trivento cathedral.
An inscription reads "Today's world needs people who speak to God in order to speak to God" - a quote from Joseph Ratzinger, the current pope.
Another inscription on the bell reads, "Lord, I believe; I want to believe in you," a citation from Pope Paul VI.