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Vatican Museum: Beauty that Unites! 47

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.

Paolo di Giovanni Fei, Crucifixion and Saints. Triptych with panels, 1375 – 1395, Vatican Museum, Art Gallery, © Musei Vaticani

© Musei Vaticani
© Musei Vaticani

Death exerts such a disastrous dominion
that it seems absurd to suppose to suppose its defeat.
And yet thus it is in Jesus: dead, buried and then,
on the dawn of the third day, risen and glorious.
Thus it shall be with us, if we are in Him, with the faith,
in grace, when the honesty of our conduct,
grafted onto His immortal life our moral one.
The enemy, the great enemy will be conquered in the end.

(Pope Paul VI, Urbi et Orbi Message, 14 April 1968)

Under the direction of: Paolo Ondarza

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15 May 2020, 08:07