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Vatican Museum: Beauty that Unites! 65

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.

Fra Giovanni da Fiesole known as Fra Angelico (1395-1455), Capture and Stoning of Saint Stephen, lunette of the upper portion of the Stories of Saint Stephen and Saint Lawrence, fresco, 1448-1449, Vatican Apostolic Palace, Niccoline Chapel (Pope Nicholas V 1447-1455. © Musei Vaticani

© Musei Vaticani
© Musei Vaticani

A believer “suffers for righteousness’ sake” when,
in exchange for his fidelity to God,
he experiences humiliations, maltreatment,
derision from his own, and misunderstanding
even from the persons dearest to him.
When he exposes himself to opposition,
he risks unpopularity or other unpleasant consequences.
Yet he is always ready for any sacrifice, since
“we must obey God rather than men”.

(Pope John Paul II,  Homily in Bydgoszcz, 7 June 1999)

 

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30 August 2020, 08:30