Pope Francis Giving Pricey Bible to Library of Congress
He's expected to present the gift to John Boehner tomorrow
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2015 2:25 PM CDT
A detail from the illumination by Donald Jackson of The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, based on a passage from the Book of Revelation is displayed at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts on Thursday, Sept....   (AP Photo/The Star-Tribune, Jeff Wheeler)

(Newser) – Pope Francis is addressing Congress tomorrow, and he plans to bring a pretty nice gift along with him. The pontiff will reportedly present lawmakers and the Library of Congress with a Bible believed to have cost $8 million to make, MSN reports. As the Hill reported last month, the Apostles Edition of the St. John's Bible is a special fine art edition commissioned by a Benedictine abbey in Minnesota and completed in 2011, and it's thought to be the first hand-written and illuminated Bible produced since the printing press was invented. The seven-volume, 1,150-page English-language edition is one of just a dozen such sets, and was given to Pope Francis by St. John's Abbey and University in Minnesota back in April. He now plans to return it to the US.