Art that comforts
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Vatican Museums: Beauty that Unites! 67

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.

Guido Reni, The Descent of the Holy Spirit, La Discesa dello Spirito Santo, ceiling of the Hall of the Ladies (detail), 1608, fresco, Vatican Apostolic Palace, © Musei Vaticani

© Musei Vaticani
© Musei Vaticani

I must say a word also to our dear sick,
whom I see there.
You know, Jesus said:
"I hide behind them; what is done for them is done for me."
So we venerate the Lord himself in their persons and
we hope that the Lord will be close to them, and help and sustain them.

(John Paul I – General Audience - 13 September 1978)

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13 September 2020, 07:00