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Pope to artists: ‘You are the custodians of beauty’

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The Pope has just met artists in the Sistine Chapel. The Catholic News Service has an excerpt from his speech:

You are the custodians of beauty: thanks to your talent, you have the opportunity to speak to the heart of humanity, to touch individual and collective sensibilities, to call forth dreams and hopes, to broaden the horizons of knowledge and of human engagement. Be grateful, then, for the gifts you have received and be fully conscious of your great responsibility to communicate beauty, to communicate in and through beauty!

Through your art, you yourselves are to be heralds and witnesses of hope for humanity! And do not be afraid to approach the first and last source of beauty, to enter into dialogue with believers, with those who, like yourselves, consider that they are pilgrims in this world and in history towards infinite Beauty! Faith takes nothing away from your genius or your art: on the contrary, it exalts them and nourishes them, it encourages them to cross the threshold and to contemplate with fascination and emotion the ultimate and definitive goal, the sun that does not set, the sun that illumines this present moment and makes it beautiful.

The Vatican website has the full English text. The BBC posted a preview earlier this morning with some good analysis and the New York Times has an informative report on the event. The Vatican has a short official video report here.

Photo: Artists crowd the Sistine Chapel during their meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Saturday (AP Photo/Osservatore Romano, HO)

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Written by Luke Coppen

November 21, 2009 at 12:29 pm

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