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Vatican Museums: Beauty that Unites! 69

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.

Francesco di Gentile, Madonna with Child, known as "The Madonna of the Butterfly", Vatican Museums Pinacoteca,  © Musei Vaticani

© Musei Vaticani
© Musei Vaticani

Receive me, incomparable Queen,
you whom Christ Crucified gave to us as Mother,
and count me among your blessed sons and daughters;
take me under your protection;
come to my aid in all my needs,
both spiritual and temporal,
and above all at the hour of my death.

(Pope Francis, Act of Consecration to Our Lady of Aparecida, 24 July 2013)

Under the direction of Paolo Ondarza
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27 September 2020, 08:30