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The art Pope Francis loves

What is Pope Francis’ idea of art? A new documentary titled ‘Pope Francis – My idea of art,’ delves into the Roman Pontiff’s artistic side and explore what art personally means to the Pope through a series of his favorite works. “The art of mercy is truly Pope Francis’ idea of art,” stated Barbara Jatta,

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Two works of art that Catholics should ponder this Holy Week

Guido Reni and Gerard Manley Hopkins both see beyond suffering to the promise of the Resurrection Holy Week has begun, and in many Catholic churches the images are muffled, or covered up with purple cloths – all part of the tradition of sensory deprivation that happens at this time of year, forcing us to concentrate

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Vatican and Rome’s Jewish Museum team up for first joint show

The focus of the exhibition, opening in May, will be the menorah The museums of the Vatican and Rome’s ancient Jewish community are hosting their first joint exhibit, building on decades of improved Catholic-Jewish relations following centuries of mistrust. The focus of the exhibition opening in May will be the menorah, the seven-armed candelabrum described

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Spanish judge dismisses charges against Eucharist thief

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Critics of a Spanish judge say he wrongly dismissed charges against an artist who stole consecrated Hosts for an exhibit that disrespected the Catholic faith. The Spanish Association of Christian Lawyers announced it would file an appeal and be prepared “to go to the highest court necessary in the face of what is becoming a

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Bernini statue commissioned by Pope Alexander VII vandalised

The Elephant and Obelisk statue is situated near the Pantheon in Rome Police in Rome are investigating the apparent vandalism of the famed Elephant and Obelisk statue designed by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the Piazza della Minerva near the Pantheon in Rome Rome’s cultural authorities said on Monday that overnight vandals broke off the tip

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Did Michelangelo paint a secret message on the roof of the Sistine Chapel?

Michelangelo may have been an incredible artist who painted the Sistine Chapel, but he was also somewhat subversive. According to experts from the UFCSPA in Brazil, Michelangelo included graphic symbols of female anatomy on the roof of the Sistine Chapel. Michelangelo is regarded as the quintessential Renaissance man, next to his contemporary and rival, Leonardo

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Art for Goodness’ Sake

The Virgin of Humility (1435-1445) by Fra Angelico (Bl. Giovanni da Fiesole). Located in the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain. How many famous artists can you name who have been canonized? You’re doing well if you name Fra Angelico, the patron of artists—except that he’s only been beatified, and officially just since 1982. Catherine of Bologna,

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