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Interior of the Sagrada Familia Basilica in Barcelona.

Beauty will save the world – Gaudi's basilica inspires conversions

Apr 30, 2015

By Elise Harris, Alan Holdren

Though the renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi died nearly 90 years ago and his best-known work remains under construction, the... Read more

Curator Francesca Mezzano of Project 999, a street art project in Rome, Italy on April 10, 2015.

What happens when beautiful street art meets a Rome ghetto?

Apr 23, 2015

By Elise Harris, Jan Bentz

Street artists from 10 countries around the globe gathered in Rome and put their talents to use in creating an... Read more

Head Study of an Apostle. Artist: Clemens Fuchs. Photo Courtesy of the One Faith Exhibition.

Reclaiming the human figure – art exhibit uses body, form to evangelize

Mar 24, 2015

By Matt Hadro

Can a portrait of a human face evangelize? Curators of a brand-new traveling art exhibit answer a resounding “Yes.”  Read more

Michelangelo's fresco 'The Creation of Adam' on the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Oct. 29, 2014.

Vatican declines ransom offer for stolen Michelangelo letters

Mar 9, 2015

By Elise Harris

After receiving an offer from a former employee to regain missing letters signed by Michelangelo for a price, the Vatican... Read more

Madonna of the Book by Sandro Botticelli. Courtesy of the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

How a modern DC art exhibit is learning womanhood from Mary

Dec 5, 2014

A new art exhibit in Washington, D.C., hopes to revive a sense of womanhood exemplified in the Virgin Mary, as... Read more

Photo courtesty of Alanna Marie Boudreau.

For one young Catholic, music is an apostolate of beauty

Nov 15, 2014

By Hillary Mast

An up-and-coming Catholic musician in Michigan aims to expose listeners to God in the same way she did during her... Read more

Sistine Chapel.

Sistine Chapel being used as sacred place – not 'venue for private parties'

Oct 25, 2014

Director of the Vatican Museums Antonio Paolucci has rejected rumors that they are now renting the Sistine Chapel, adding that... Read more

Meditations on Vatican Art: Angels by Fr. Mark Haydu.

The role of angels: one author's push to shed light on the afterlife

Sep 29, 2014

By Elise Harris

In an effort to show what Scripture tells us about “the beyond,” often obscured by a society that leans toward... Read more

Jacques-Louis David's Death of Socrates

Openness to beauty leads soul to God, says Catholic thinker

Jul 22, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The senses are the “road to God”, who speaks to us through beauty, said Bill Donaghy, who holds a master's... Read more

3D scanning technology and Santa Maria Maddelena Church in Rome via Wikimedia.

Rome church restoration boosted by unique 3D scanner

Jun 15, 2014

By Jan Bentz

Assisting in restoration and reconstruction for artists and architects alike, 3D scanner technology has recently been used to create unique... Read more

Anna Gulak with her drawing of Saint John Paul II on April 28, 2014.

Young artist's captivating work shows 'human face' of saints

Apr 29, 2014

By Marianne Medlin

Polish artist Anna Gulak has mesmerized pilgrims in Rome with a series of drawings on the recently-canonized John Paul II... Read more

An anti-Photoshop revolution? A new take on real beauty

Feb 12, 2014

Ashley Crouch is the PR manager and contributing editor of a new women's fashion magazine with a much talked about... Read more

Artist Mauro Pallotta.

'Superpope' artist acclaims Pope Francis as a true hero

Jan 29, 2014

By Elise Harris

Artist Mauro Pallotta revealed that his viral depiction of Pope Francis as a superhero was done to portray how the... Read more

Nativity Scene for Christmas 2013 designed by Antonio Cantone in Saint Peters Square

Designer says it was an honor to present nativity to Pope

Jan 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

The man in charge of constructing this year’s nativity scene for the Vatican expressed his delight at giving to Pope... Read more

Rogerio Piva performs a juggling act for Pope Francis during his general audience on Jan. 8, 2013

It was a 'thrill' to perform for Pope, circus members say

Jan 14, 2014

By Elise Harris

During last week’s general audience, members of the circus gave a special performance for Pope Francis, saying that the exciting... Read more

The Deposition of Christ by Caravaggio, circa 1600-1604.

Book on Vatican art walks a course of spiritual exercises

Dec 6, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

The director of the Vatican Museums' art patrons program has authored “Meditations on Vatican Art,” a collection of images of... Read more

An angel sculpture from Bernini undergoes restoration at the Vatican Museum on Nov. 4, 2013.

Centuries later, Bernini's angels captivate amid restoration

Nov 7, 2013

By Elise Harris

Artists restoring key sculptures in the Vatican Museums, including some by famed Italian Gian Lorenzo Bernini, stress that the figures... Read more

Vatican restorer Chiara Fornaciari, Oct. 21, 2013.

Vatican restorers: Art preservation a great responsibility

Oct 28, 2013

By Elise Harris

Those in charge of the restoration of various types of artwork in the Vatican museums stress that the preservation of... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square Oct. 13.

Pope: Art expresses the beauty of faith

Oct 19, 2013

The creative arts help proclaim the gospel, explore the mysteries of Christian faith and reflect the quest for the “supreme... Read more

Sistine Chapel.

Beauty, art have crucial role in evangelization, priest reflects

Oct 18, 2013

By Elise Harris

Benefactors of the Vatican Museums who have recently gathered in Rome stressed that art is pivotal in the task of... Read more