ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS
TO THE PATRONS OF THE
ARTS IN THE VATICAN MUSEUMS
Saturday, 19 October 2013
Dear Friends, good
I am pleased to greet the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums on the
occasion of this pilgrimage to Rome marking your thirtieth anniversary of
foundation. Over the past three decades the Patrons have made an outstanding
contribution to the restoration of numerous treasures of art preserved in the
Vatican collections and to the broader religious, artistic and cultural mission
of the Museums. For this I thank you most heartily.
The establishment of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums was inspired
not only by a praiseworthy sense of stewardship for the Church’s heritage of
sacred art, but also by the desire to advance the spiritual and religious ideals
which led to the foundation of the papal collections. In every age the Church
has called upon the arts to give expression to the beauty of her faith and to
proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation, the dignity of
human beings made in his image and likeness, and the power of Christ’s death and
resurrection to bring redemption and rebirth to a world touched by the tragedy
of sin and death.
The Vatican Museums, with their unique and rich history, make it possible for
countless pilgrims and visitors to Rome to encounter this message through works
of art which bear witness to the spiritual aspirations of humanity, the sublime
mysteries of the Christian faith, and the quest of that supreme beauty which has
its source and fulfillment in God.
Dear friends, may your patronage of the arts in the Vatican Museums always be a
sign of your interior participation in the spiritual life and mission of the
Church. May it also be an expression of our hope in the coming of that Kingdom
whose beauty, harmony and peace are the expectation of every human heart and the
inspiration of mankind’s highest artistic aspirations. To you, your families
and associates, I cordially impart my Apostolic Blessing as a pledge of enduring
joy and peace in the Lord.