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Vatican Museum: Beauty that unites! 31

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.

Florentine School, XV century, Portion of a predella: Saint Catherine liberated from the demon, Vatican Museum, Art Gallery, © Musei Vaticani

© Musei Vaticani
© Musei Vaticani

For our loved ones who suffer because of illness
we ask first for their health.
Jesus himself showed the presence of the Kingdom of God
specifically through his healings:
“Go and tell John what you hear and see:
the blind regain their sight, the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised,
and the poor have the good news proclaimed to them”.
But love animated by faith makes us ask for them
something greater than physical health:
we ask for peace, a serenity in life
that comes from the heart and is God’s gift,
the fruit of the Holy Spirit,
a gift which the Father never denies
to those who ask him for it with trust. 

(Pope Francis, message for the 24th World day of the sick 2016)

Under the direction of: Paolo Ondarza

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29 April 2020, 07:57