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Vatican Museum: Beauty that Unites 43

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.

Carver from southern Germany; Right panel of a diptych with a scene of the Resurrection, Noli me tangere, Epiphany, Presentation in the Temple; ivory; second half of the 16th century; Vatican Museum, Apartament di St Pius V, © Musei Vaticani

© Musei Vaticani
© Musei Vaticani

O Risen Jesus, gloriously alive in Your humanity,
we give You thanks for the gift of life which,
through Your Resurrection, You have communicated
to our souls and to Your Church.
Renew Your Church in joy and dry the tears
of her suffering members, those who are sorrowful,
anguished, persecuted for the sake of truth and justice.
May you find rising from all men and women
a sincere echo of the greeting that You,
the Risen one directed to the disciples:
Pax vobis! Peace be with you”.

(Pope Pius XII, Urbi et Orbi Message, 13 April 1952)

Under the direction of: Paolo Ondarza


11 May 2020, 08:15