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Fr. Richard Kunst

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sponsoringdioceses, 14 April 2010 [cached]
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Diocese of Duluth - Catholic Church in northeastern Minnesota, 11 Dec 2008 [cached]
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vaticanduluth04, 12 Nov 2004 [cached]
At a press conference held prior to the public viewing of the "Vatican Comes to Duluth" exhibition, Fr. Richard Kunst carefully handles a rare illuminated manuscript.
Fr. Richard Kunst, a priest of the Diocese of Duluth, Minn., is among those rare collectors of the unusual.
For some nine years, Kunst has gathered the largest privately owned collection of Catholic religious artifacts in North America.
Before he began collecting church-related artifacts, Kunst gathered celebrity memorabilia.
Hughes gave the seventh graders a tour and Kunst guided eighth graders.
During the tour, Kunst posed the question, "Why do popes wear white?"With the students stumped, Kunst answered, "Every pope wears white because of Pope Pius V. He was a Dominican and Dominican's wear white.Every pope after Pope Pius V has worn white."
Included among the displays were two Swiss Guard uniforms.Kunst owns one of these uniforms, dating back to the papacy of Pope Pius X, 1903-1914.The other shown was lent to Kunst in an exchange with the Vatican and is an example of a uniform worn by a modern day Swiss Guard.
"In 2006, the Swiss Guard is celebrating their 500th anniversary," Kunst said."They don't have a Swiss Guard uniform from the time of Pius X and asked if we would lend ours to their yearlong exhibit for 2006.It's rare that the Vatican lends out Swiss Guard uniforms.There is only one other in the Western Hemisphere and that's in Washington, D.C., at the Pope John Paul II Cultural Center."
Current policy, Kunst said, requires Swiss Guards to return their uniforms if they serve under five years."The tour of duty is actually two years, so most guys wouldn't be able to keep them," he said.
The uniform owned by Kunst was purchased from an antiques dealer in Chicago."What probably happened is that somebody had served for more than five years, was able to get the uniform and moved to the United States," he said.
Kunst's collection of papal signatures includes one from the man who went on to become Pope John Paul I. The signature of Albino Luciani, Kunst believes, could be the rarest papal signature in the last 500 years.Luciani had been a cardinal for only a short time prior to his 1978 election as pope.
Kunst often uses modern technology to build his papal collection."Through the Internet, it's very easy to make connections with European dealers," he said."There are a lot of manuscript dealers.If you deal with manuscript dealers in Europe, you are a lot more likely to get papal-related or church-related manuscripts."
Through the Internet Kunst is in constant communication with both manuscript and antiques dealers around the world who sell church-related items.Kunst has built a reputation and dealers often contact him before an article is available publicly.He explained that there are only a few other collectors of papal or church-related items.
"Because it's a unique hobby, we know each other," Kunst said."That's thanks in large part because of the Internet."
The Pope John Paul II Cultural Center has approached Kunst to display his collection."I haven't answered them yet," he said.
Besides Kunst, Duluth's Bishop Dennis Schnurr also lent items for the exhibit.
Duluth Area Catholic Schools ~ Pre K through 8, 15 Dec 2009 [cached]
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Two priests from the Diocese of ..., 3 Dec 2006 [cached]
Two priests from the Diocese of Duluth, Fathers Richard Kunst and Michael Schmitz, continued to draw national attention and media appearances.
In April, it was announced that Father Kunst, pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Duluth and St. Joseph in Gnesen, was going to have a second season of his show "The Papacy: A Living History" on the Eternal Word Television Network. The show, which also features Father Ryan Moravitz, is based on Father Kunst's collection of papal artifacts.
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