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Vatican Museums will make priests available for visitors

July 26, 2012

The Vatican Museums have announced that priests will be available, beginning in August, to offer spiritual care for visitors.

Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, the secretary-general of the Vatican city-state, announced the new policy in L'Osservatore Romano. The priests will be stationed at two tables, strategically located to allow visitors to approach them if they wish to do so, he said. The bishop emphasized that all visitors are welcome at the Vatican Museums, and the two priests assigned there will be "simply on hand" in case visitors feel the desire to speak with them.

Bishop Sciacca remarked that the Vatican Museums represent a unique collection of artistic works, which "represent a way through which the good news of God-made-man can be announced to the world." The priests will be available for those visitors who feel the spiritual impact of the art.


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