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Art is a 'language of parables,' Pope says

October 26, 2012

On Thursday evening, October 25, Pope Benedict XVI attended a screening of a new Polish documentary film on the Vatican Museums. After the showing, the Pope commented on the film and on the Church’s relationship with the arts.

"We could say that the artistic heritage of Vatican City constitutes a kind of great 'parable' through which the Pope speaks to men and women from all over the world,” the Pope said. “The language of art is a language of parables,” he continued, which can “open people’s minds and hearts to the eternal, raising them to the heights of God.”

Pope Benedict expressed special satisfaction that the film included “repeated reference to the efforts of Roman Pontiffs to conserve and cherish artistic heritage, and to their efforts in modern times to renew the Church’s dialogue with artists.”

The documentary, entitled Via Pulchritudinis, marked the 500th anniversary of Michelangelo’s completion of the Sistine Chapel ceiling.


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