Benedict XVI: art is a doorway to God

An interesting article (with which I heartily agree) quoting Pope Benedict's weekly address at the General Audience in Castel Gondolfo (his summer residence just outside Rome). I would also add film to the list of arts that he refers to.


Benedict XVI: art is a doorway to God


Beautiful art is not just for cultural enrichment but is an important way to experience God and become aware of the human thirst for the infinite, Pope Benedict XVI has said.
A sculpture, a painting, a poem or a piece of music can arouse a feeling of joy when it becomes apparent it is something more than just a chunk of marble, a canvas covered with colours, or words or notes on a page, he said.
“It’s something bigger, something that speaks and touches your heart; it carries a message and lifts the spirit,” he said as he held his weekly general audience in the town square at Castel Gandolfo.
“Art is like an open doorway to the infinite, toward a beauty and truth that go beyond everyday reality,” he told 3,000 visitors and pilgrims present for the audience...


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