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Faith goes beyond the reach of art, Pope says

October 04, 2010

Following a concert at the Vatican on Friday evening, October 2, Pope Benedict XVI remarked that faith can be aided by the arts, yet faith goes beyond the realm of artistry. “The word of faith has need of great inner silence in order to listen and obey a voice which lies beyond the visible and tangible world,” the Pope said. "Faith follows this profound voice in places that even art itself cannot reach alone.” When faith leads to acts of love, he said, “life itself becomes a hymn.” The Pope drew out the contrast between art and faith after thanking the performers and the sponsors of the concert, which had featured works of Haydn and Mozart and a piece dedicated to St. Cecila, the patron of music.


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