(Excerpt from 'Vatican to Set Up Contemporary Art Pavilion in Venice' posted by Farah Nayeri on Bloomberg on Mar. 19, 2013. Found here http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-03-19/vatican-to-set-up-contemporary-art-pavilion-in-venice.html)
The Venice Biennale, which has its offices at Ca’ Giustinian (San Marco, 1364/A), has for over a century been one of the most prestigious cultural institutions in the world promoting new artistic trends and organising international events in contemporary arts.
The artist(s) representing the Holy See will be announced in the next few weeks, said Biennale President Paolo Baratta. The Vatican is one of 10 new participant countries (out of a total of 88) in the Biennale, the sprawling international exhibition held in Venice every two years.