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In 2016, the diocese of Hexham and Newcastle celebrated the writing of the Codex in the twin monasteries of St Peter and St Paul here in the North East of England.

The Codex was a handwritten copy of the Bible, written  by the monks who lived 1300 years ago. It would have been a very heavy book because it was 1040 pages long and each page was made from velum or calf skin.

The abbot of the monastery, Ceolfrith, then asked 80 monks to walk to Rome to present the book to the Pope- that’s over 1400 miles!

Our book consists of one page from each school and it too has been presented to the Pope.

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