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Vatican Museum: Beauty that Unites! 56

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.

Olivuccio di Ciccarello, Works of Mercy, Clothe the Naked, 1404, Vatican Museums, Pinacoteca © Musei Vaticani

Olivuccio di Ciccarello, Works of Mercy, Clothe the Naked, 1404, Vatican Museums, Pinacoteca © Musei Vaticani
Olivuccio di Ciccarello, Works of Mercy, Clothe the Naked, 1404, Vatican Museums, Pinacoteca © Musei Vaticani

Our age, marked by old and new wounds,

requires us to be builders of relationships and communion,

open, trusting and awaiting in hope

the newness that the kingdom of God wishes to bring about even today.

For it is a kingdom of forgiven sinners called to bear witness

to the Lord’s ever-present compassion.

“For his mercy endures forever”.

(Pope Francesco, Letter to priests on the 160th anniversary of the death of the holy Curé of Ars, 4 August 2019)

Under the direction of Paolo Ondarza

#BeautyThatUnites

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05 July 2020, 12:00