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Pope to receive bell made by ancient Vatican foundry

Trivento diocese makes special bell for 'year of the faith'

15 October, 16:11
Pope to receive bell made by ancient Vatican foundry (ANSA) - Rome, October 15 - Southern Italy's Trivento Diocese is a giving special bell to Pope Benedict XVI to honor the "Year of the Faith".

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.

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