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The Rev. Richard Kunst during a 1998 visit to Rome, exchanging zucchettos (a traditional Catholic skullcap) with Pope John Paul II. Submitted photo.

Papal artifacts in Two Harbors this Monday

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A bit of Vatican history will be in Two Harbors on Monday.

The Rev. Rich Kunst, a Catholic priest in Duluth, will bring 25-30 items from his vast collection of papal history to the Holy Spirit Catholic Church.


Kunst began collecting papal artifacts even before he became a priest. He was working for U.S. Sen. Rod Grams and heard about an auction that included some artifacts from the Vatican. He attended, purchased some items, and his obsession began.

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