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Pontiff extols work of Vatican Museums: the beauty of faith

Catholic World News - October 21, 2013

Pope Francis met on October 19 with the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums, and thanked the group—which was celebrating its 30th anniversary—for supporting the cultural mission of the Museums.

The work of the Museums, the Pope said, have an important and unique mission that they fulfill “not only by a praiseworthy sense of stewardship for the Church’s heritage of sacred art, but also by the desire to advance the spiritual and religious ideals which led to the foundation of the papal collections.” Expanding on the importance of the Vatican’s art collection, he said:

In every age the Church has called upon the arts to give expression to the beauty of her faith and to proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation, the dignity of human beings made in his image and likeness, and the power of Christ’s death and resurrection to bring redemption and rebirth to a world touched by the tragedy of sin and death.

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