A photographic exhibition which was originally due to be shown in Rome, but which was cancelled after a legal threat from the Vatican has found a new life in NYC.

An art gallery in Rome last year covered up the exhibition of photographs showing same-sex couples kissing in churches, following the legal threat by the Vatican.

The photography series by Gonzalo Orquin, had been due to open at the Galleria L’Opera. The photographer said the gallery had received a legal notice from the Vatican, and that he and the gallery had decided to cover up the photographs.

The Vicariate admitted sending the threatening letter, and said the exhibition “could harm the religious sentiment of the faithful”. The Vicariate is an organisation which helps Pope Francis carry out his duties as Bishop of Rome.

Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay & Lesbian Art in NYC is now set to display the ‘Trialogo’ exhibition from 30 April.

Museum Director Hunter O’Hanian defended the decision to show the images in an email to the Huffington Post.