Vatican City, Oct 19, 2013 / 11:52 am
The creative arts help proclaim the gospel, explore the mysteries of Christian faith and reflect the quest for the "supreme beauty" found in God, Pope Francis has 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," said Pope Francis on Oct. 19 at the Vatican.
His comments came in a private audience to the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, an international organization dedicated to preserving and restoring the Vatican's vast collection of art. The Pope assured them that their contributions have helped to give witness to the gospel message.
He noted that Rome's "countless" pilgrims and visitors can encounter the Gospel message through the art that is found in the Vatican Museums.