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Vatican opens special exhibit on Gaudi, Sagrada Familia

Catholic World News - November 25, 2011

The Vatican has unveiled an exhibit on the Sagrada Familia basilica in Barcelona and the spirituality of its achitect, Antonio Gaudi.

As he opened the exhibit—which will be on display in the Bernini colonnade of St. Peter’s Square until next January 15—Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona said that the dedication of the basilica last November was a “historic moment for the city.” Citing the observance made by Pope Benedict XVI, the cardinal said that “this basilica is a visible sign of the invisible God, so necessary in our Western European societies with their prevailing secular culture and religious indifference.”

The Vatican exhibit concentrates attention on the artistic vision of Gaudi and how it meshed with his spirituality. The architect is a candidate for beatification.

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