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Vatican Museums: Beauty that Unites! 60

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.

Pius-Christian Museum, detail of a “double register” with a cover, called the “Dogmatic” Sarcophagus. Detail shows the multiplication of bread and fish.© Musei Vaticani

© Musei Vaticani
© Musei Vaticani

In the divine Sacrament of the Eucharist,
we find everything that is necessary to regain lost innocence.
Since God by nature is goodness and love,
the one who approaches the Eucharistic altar
feels his or heart being filled with love,
he or she feels it above any earthy thing.
Yes, my beloved people,
the divine Sacrament of the Eucharist
assures us of eternal life
and gives us the certainty
that we will be victorious against our enemies.

Pius X, Address to the participants in the XVI International Eucharistic Congress, 4 June 1905

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02 August 2020, 08:30