Homage of Artists for Pope’s 60th Anniversary as Priest

VATICAN CITY, 17 JUN 2011 (VIS) – This morning in the Holy See Press Office a press conference was held to present the exhibition: “The splendour of truth, the beauty of charity: Homage of sixty artists to Benedict XVI for the sixtieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood”.

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VATICAN CITY, 17 JUN 2011 (VIS) – This morning in the Holy See Press Office a press conference was held to present the exhibition: “The splendour of truth, the beauty of charity: Homage of sixty artists to Benedict XVI for the sixtieth anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood”.

Today’s press conference was presented by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and Msgr. Pasquale Iacobone, director of the council’s Art and Faith Department.

The exhibition will be inaugurated by the Holy Father in the atrium of the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall on 4 July, and will be open to the public from 5 July to 4 September.

Cardinal Ravasi explained that the idea to hold the exhibition arose from the Pope’s meeting with artists in the Sistine Chapel on 21 November 2009. The artists participating in this initiative, most of them Italian, represent different categories: painting, sculpture, architecture, photography, literature, poetry, music, cinema and jewelery design.

The exhibition “has particular significance for the dialogue between the Church and artists, and because of the presence of famous modern artists from various areas of expression, who are tackling themes of great importance and spiritual profundity”, Cardinal Ravasi said.