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Vatican Museum: Beauty that unites! 28

Beauty creates communion. It unites onlookers from a distance, uniting past, present and future. Pope Francis has recalled this on a number of occasions. The Church has always translated the universality of the Good News into the language of art. From this premise, this dramatic moment in history characterized by uncertainty and isolation, gives rise to this initiative which is a partnership between the Vatican Museum and Vatican News: Masterpieces from the Vatican Collection accompanied by comments from the words of the Popes.

Manifattura Fiamminga, Brussels; cartoon: Raphael’s School, Resurrection, Tapestry: Scuola Nuova series, wool, silk and silver and gold, 1524-31, Vatican Museum, Vatican Apostolic Palace, Gallery of Tapestries © Musei Vaticani

© Musei Vaticani
© Musei Vaticani

In the Risen Christ all creation rises to new life.
From the moment when your tomb, O Christ,
was found, there began the time in which
the whole of creation sings your name
“which is above every other name” and awaits
your final return in glory. During this time,
between Easter and the coming of your
everlasting Kingdom, a time like the travail
of giving birth (cf. Rom 8:22), sustain us
in our dedication to building a more human world,
a world soothed by the balm of your Love.
Paschal Victim offered for the salvation
of the world, grant that this commitment
of ours will not falter, even when weariness
slows our steps. You, victorious King,
grant to us and to the world eternal salvation!

(John Paul II, Urbi et orbi, 15 April 2001)

Under the direction of: Paolo Ondarza


26 April 2020, 09:11