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Pope challenges artists: make truth shine through beauty

Catholic World News - July 04, 2011

“Never separate truth and charity from your artistic creativity,” Pope Benedict XVI urged artists, as he opened a Vatican exhibit honoring the 60th anniversary of his priestly ordination.

The Pope spoke with artists and their sponsors at the opening of “The Splendor of Truth, the Beauty of Charity,” an exhibit that is on display until September 4 in the Paul VI auditorium. The exhibit includes works by 60 leading artists, encompassing the fields of painting, sculpture, architecture, poetry, music, film, and jewelry design.

In his message to artists, the Pope issued his challenge: “Make the truth shine forth in your works and make sure that their beauty will inspire in the eyes and hearts of those who admire them, the desire and the need to make existence, beautiful and true.”

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