Friday, October 18, 2013

Beauty, art have crucial role in evangelization

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2013 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Benefactors of the Vatican Museums who have recently gathered in Rome stressed that art is pivotal in the task of bringing God to secular society.

“A message given by the artist which many times is a very strong religious, theological message can then penetrate into the soul,” Fr. Mark Haydu told CNA in an Oct. 17 interview.

Fr. Haydu is the international director of the Patrons of the Arts of the Vatican Museums – a worldwide community dedicated to the restoration and conservation of artwork within the Vatican Museums through the financial adoption of various projects.

The priest reflected that art and beauty play “an essential role” in evangelization today, because “we live in a very image driven culture, as we know, and a throw away culture, so a lot of what is beautiful lasts over time.”

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