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Vatican Museum: Beauty that Unites 38

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.

Niccolò e Giovanni, end of the XII century. Final Judgement. Vatican Museum, Art Gallery, © Musei Vaticani

© Musei Vaticani
© Musei Vaticani

God's mercy is an inexhaustible source
that Christ brought into the world
precisely with the desire,
the yearning to seek us,
to pursue us and to repeat to us:
I have loved you; I have come for you,
so that you might understand who you are
and how paralyzed and miserable you are.
But have faith, child, your misery is forgiven.
Therefore, today let us go to Jesus,
offering the Divine Sacrifice:
like the paralytic, we too will present ourselves before Him.
With all humility let us ask Him,
that trust in His omnipotence and goodness
might be renewed in our soul. Let everyone beg:
Lord, save me:
You alone have words of eternal life.

(Paul VI, Homily, 20 September 1964)

Under the direction of: Paolo Ondarza

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06 May 2020, 08:15