Digitize priceless manuscripts

Jewish gift to the Vatican Library and the Franciscan Custody in Israel

PTWF was instrumental in"paving the way" for the digitizing of priceless manuscripts from the Vatican Library and from the Franciscan Custody in Israel. This wonderful gift for archiving and worldwide education was made through a Jewish Foundation.

This gift was made through the generosity of the George S. Blumenthal Foundation. State of the art techniques in digital  photography by famed Israeli photographer Ardon Bar-Hama were made possible through this wonderful gift of technology towards education.




Ardon Bar-Hama (right with H.Em. Raffaele Cardinal Farina Librarian and Archivist for the Holy Roman Church and Dr. Ambrogio Piazzoni vice Prefect


Ardon Bar - Hama and Gary Krupp of PTWF with the Franciscans in Israel

Letter of Gratitude from the Custos of the Franciscan Custody

PTWF facilitated the digitized preservation of over 8000 rare manuscripts inthe archives of the Franciscan Custody in Jerusalem as well as the digital study of teh Vatican Library's most prized possession The Codex Vatincanus.


The Jerusalem Medal and the mother of Pearl Star of David  was awarded to PTWF by the Custos of the Franciscan Custody in the Holy Land for our initiative.

PTWF Facilitated the Photographic study of the 14 meter bronze doors at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome


"It is with affection that I greet the members of the Pave the Way Foundation and I thank Mr. Krupp for the
kind words which he has addressed to me on your behalf"
Pope John Paul II- January 18, 2005



Jerusalem Medal from the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land


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