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Art and Culture

 

Leonardo to the cleaners

Should a Leonardo be sent to the cleaners? This question was posed in the Thursday, 4 February edition of The Times, which reported that the ...

​Social justice as a remedy to war

“A propitious occasion” to “renew responsibility by seeking ways to prevent all threats of armed conflict, through the promotion of greater social justice, freedom and ...

Blandina The nun of the Far West

“His eyes were blue-gray”, and he had, Sr Blandina Segale wrote in her diary, “the air of a little boy”, who could not have been ...

Prophet of hope

“Prophet of hope, herald of humanity's possible redemption and liberation” who “invites us regain the meaning of our human journey”, traveling through the “many dark ...

In fifty stops

On the occasion of the Expo 2015, the Archdiocese of Milan has organized a guided virtual tour of 50 churches built after 1950. In this ...

The lives of others

The story of the crisis of secularization, which often takes the form of solitude or by losing the meaning of life, is now being discovered ...

How numbers reflect life

Alex Bellos is an interesting figure: born in Oxford to a Hungarian mother, he graduated in Mathematics and Philosophy at Corpus Christi College before becoming ...

The poet of theologians and the theologian of poets

Paul VIoften asked his private secretary, Msgr Pasquale Macchi, to read aloud to him either a canto from Dante’s Divine Comedy or a chapter from ...

The way of listening

Listening, Discerning, Welcoming and Serving, these are the four verbs weaving together the working sessions of the International Conference “Renewing the Church in a Secular ...

An important place on the map

When I go to my office every day in the Vatican, I pass by a large world map just outside the entrance to what is ...

The evils which did not make the news

Seventy six years have passed since that dark night in History in which almost all the synagogues in Germany and Austria were destroyed by the ...

Everyone at Golgotha

In the Chapter House of the old Dominican convent, now the Museum of San Marco in Florence, there is now an opportunity to revisit a ...

Where is your brother slave and outcast?

“Preferential love for the poor”, writes Prof. Guzmán Carriquiry Lecour, current Secretary in charge of the Vice-Presidency of the Pontifical Commission for Latin America, “has ...

Lala Bouna shines again

“A building that stands as a symbol of the bonds between religions” and “must remain at the service of dialogue between the two shores of ...

The quest for beauty

The artistic treasures preserved in the Vatican Museums bear witness to the “spiritual aspirations of humanity, the sublime mysteries of the Christian faith, and the ...

Books fight terrorism

London, 4. Books as weapons for fighting terrorism. This was the message of Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old civil rights activist known for her work in ...

The cinema in those paintings

The Galleria Chiaramonti – located in the Vatican Museums – was painted between 1816 and 1818 by young artists selected and commissioned by Antonio Canova. ...

Christina of Sweden and Rome

“Cultural institutions experience the beauty of meeting and collaboration in the most varied contexts: it is the universality of knowledge itself that encourages this understanding ...

The lesson of Sistine Chapel

When Cardinal electors enter the Sistine Chapel from the Sala Regia the first thing they see is Pietro Perugino's fresco The Handing of the Keys ...

Peter's Journey

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Secretary of State, inaugurated the exhibition entitled “Peter's journey” at Castel Sant'Angelo on Wednesday, 6 February. It has been organized during the ...

With the atmosphere of a slice of Italy

The Nativity scene is in the plural and ubiquitous. This explains its fascination. It is plural because everyone can and must go to the manger ...

Different traditions but one faith

“A magnificent concert, in which the great musical traditions of England and Rome have been beautifully combined,” were the words with which Mons. Peter Bryan ...

Five centuries of blinding light

Every day at least 10,000 people – 20,000 in high-tourist season – enter the Sistine Chapel. People from all backgrounds, languages and cultures, from every ...

The “Missa Anno Santo” by Georg Ratzinger in the Sistine Chapel

On 11 November, it will be the choir of the Sistine Music Chapel, directed by Massimo Palombella, to perform — privately in the Sistine Chapel ...

A papyrus adrift

“Harvard scholar's discovery suggests Jesus had a wife”. With this title Fox News continued the reporting on the conference held on Tuesday evening, 18 September, ...

Duets in the land of the Nobel

The Courtyard of the Gentiles is going north and challenging the land of the Nobel prize. At the centre of the two days in Stockholm ...

High fashion in Venice

Few surprises on the Lido. At the most recent edition of the Venice Film Festival several films which won were thought to be favourites not ...

With the bright gaze of fairy tales

There is a something refreshing about the thought and places of Karen Christentze Dinesen, Baroness Von Blixen-Finecke. One of the these places is Denmark, where ...

Earthquake reveals catacomb

In the small village of San Lorenzo di Beffi, Acciano, 30 kilometres from L’Aquila, the small local church of San Lorenzo was seriously damaged by ...

A 'Nobel Prize' for theology during the Synod of Bishops

The presentation of the “Ratzinger Prize”, in its second year, will take place on Saturday morning, 20 October, in the context of the upcoming Synodal ...

Which the first work written in Latin by a Christian?

The Apologeticum inaugurated Christian literature in Latin. Even though the existence of partial Latin versions of the Bible prior to Tertullian, perhaps of Jewish origin, ...

The most brilliant icon of the 20th century

The following is a translation of excerpts taken from the Italian journal ‘Vita et Pensiero’, 3rd issue of 2012. I encountered my first statue of ...

Origen heretical?

The ample space that the cultural supplement of Il Sole 24 Ore, ever alert to new things, gave to the resonating discovery of 29 unpublished ...

Starting with books

Two editors, 25 collaborators and 12 years of work. These are the statistics from “The Guide to the manuscript, print and numismatic collections of the ...

At the service of Truth

“Our Munich, our Bavarian land, is so beautiful for the Christian faith awakened its best forces; it took nothing from its vigour but made it ...

Enriched by listening

“In the Pontifical University Urbaniana, which belongs to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, half the students come from African countries. It was then ...

Towards preserving the universality of human rights

The following are excerpts of the intervention given in Geneva, at the Palais des Nations, on 9 March, at the parallel event organized by the ...

A study congress opens in the Vatican for the fourth centenary of the Vatican Secret Archives (1912-2012)

“Religiosa Archivorum Custodia”, the Study Congress organized for the fourth centenary of the Vatican Secret Archives will be held at the Vatican in the Sala ...

Architect to the English Catholic revival

The 200th anniversary of the birth of Augustus Welby Pugin on 1 March 2012 is being marked in England and Ireland with celebrations of Holy ...

Art is polyphonic

The catalogue “Lo splendore della verit á , la bellezza della carit á . Artists pay homage to Benedict XVI for the 60 th anniversary ...

Winning by telling the truth

Every year for the past 40 years, the Bravo Prize has recognized and promoted the loftiest mission of serving human dignity, through social communications. A ...

Cuts are unproductive

Many opera companies are going through a difficult financial crisis; especially in Italy and particularly the most important ones. In 2010, the most recent year ...

Vatican Museums sold out

The Vatican Museums have surpassed the goal of five million visitors. At midnight on 31 December 2011 it was reported that the number of people ...

'We are still among the mass of honest people'

“The years pass, the clock ticks, it strikes and strikes from dawn till late at night […] / from dictionaries to the cinema, to ties, ...

The scientist that did not shine with brightness

“Cesare Lombroso is no longer among the living; our great friend departed from us only a few days ago, but the impetus he gave to ...

Intimacy with the Sacred

Even if they are articulated and undressed, sacred “nude” statues, those meant to be redressed in special garments and sometimes embellished with real hair, do ...

Alien eyes control the Sistine Chapel

For some time a traditional practice, the Pope administers the sacrament of baptism to a small number of Roman babies in the Sistine Chapel on ...

That unionist, Leporello

Being moved by art will not increase the gross national product. On the contrary, the more the GDP falls, the more art is perceived as ...

A time of silence waiting for the Lord

On Friday, 2 December, in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, the Holy Father attended a “Christmas Oratorio from the Alps” with songs and music by Hans ...

Mathematical roots of a genius

“The talent of a genius, the faith and the tenacity of a people and the admiration of millions of people have transformed a visionary project ...

Gaudì in Rome

More than five thousand people filled the beautiful nave of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona on November 6th to commemorate with a Eucharistic celebration the ...

Conserving objects, preserving the gaze

André Malraux’s observation, introducing the second edition of his celebrated Le Musée imaginaire, is fairly well noted, “a Romanesque crucifix was not first of all ...

Like a young man who still has much to say and do

The eightieth birthday of architect Paolo Portoghesi will be celebrated at the Vatican on the occasion of the presentation of the prototypes of the newly ...

Benedict XVI and modernity

The rapport between Christianity and the Enlightenment as oscillating between incompatibility and complementarity was happily defined by then-Cardinal Ratzinger in a memorable discussion in a ...

The psychologist of relativism

Newspapers have rightly granted space to the death of James Hillman, Jungian psychoanalyst who became a philosopher, maitre à penser of many Western intellectuals – ...

The good deed that doesn't cost a euro

It is without doubt a catchy slogan: L’ultima lira: Una buona azione non costa nulla ("The last lira. A good deed costs nothing"). It was ...

A priceless treasure re-emerged thanks to Pope Pius XII

The International Festival of Sacred Music and Art has happily reached its 10th edition thanks to the tenacity of Hans Albert Courtial. And it is ...

The words to say it

The following are excerpts from the conference to be held in Rome on 13 October in Palazzo Luchesi, opening a series of lectures called "Thursdays ...

Immortality begins from the end

Today, the need to establish constructive relationships with death and with the dead is often overlooked, unsatisfied and covered in taboo. One cannot but favorably ...

Creativity? A gift to be lived

On October 18, the feast of St. Luke the evangelist and, according to tradition, also painter, a singular event will take place at the Centre ...

When art began to tell stories

In the northern part of the small island in the River Sprea that flows through Berlin, where the first medieval settlement of the city has ...

In defence of Le Corbusier

Some great architecture is born in isolation and acquires its character from this condition. This is the case of the Madonna di S. Biagio at ...

Thirsty sailors

During the Festival dell’acqua taking place in Genoa, 9 September, at the Palazzo Ducale, l’Associazione Sant’Anselmo with its project of Imago Veritatis is organizing the ...

The medieval road map by Matthew Paris

Space is as important as time and cartography has the same value as chronology. Matthew Parish, a historian and chronicler but also a gifted artist ...

Thirst and barreness have an unfailing remedy

'Whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him...' This is the season in which we do not succeed in fully understanding the value ...

Theatre of the unspeakable

In the experience of saints both in the Old and New Testament, sublimity shines out, something difficult to translate into words or images. Isaiah sees ...

Bears and gazelles in Leo XIII's zoo

“Except that the two unicorns can't be seen”: perhaps the schoolchildren also expected these to appear – as in the Noah's Ark set to music ...

Excessive similarity

Julius von Schlosser’s work, first published in 1911, has finally been translated into Italian, “Storia del ritratto in cera” [The history of wax portraits] (edited ...

Freedom is the only active principle

“He was an apostle and missionary of culture and through culture”. That is what is written in the pamphlet distributed after the death of the ...

The origins of  Benedictus

The introduction and establishment of Christianity into Roman society caused changes in mentality, habit, organization and management of spaces and of material structures, which occurred ...

The earthly repose of the Apostle Philip

“Even in Asia, great stars repose, who will rise again on the last day of the parousia of the Lord…(among these) Philip, one of the ...

Artificial intelligence for the tourist is not far away

Fifty years have passed since the 1956 summer school in Dartmouth saw the official birth of artificial intelligence. But still today, there does not seem ...

Inauguration of foyer and path dedicated to John Paul II

“ Affectionate remembrance of the victims” of the massacre last Friday in Oslo and on the Norwegian Island of Utøya due to the criminal attack ...

Jerusalem in Acquapendente

The Holy Sepulchre of Acquapendente, the so-called shrine, is an enigma because it is not yet clear when it was created, by whom and for ...

The pictures that no one should have seen

Having decided to drop the atomic bomb on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the United States government, on the orders of President Harry Truman, limited ...

Christ and Orpheus on the altar of the emperor

There is an inter esting document of Roman history that goes from Hadrian (117-138 of the Christian era) to Carino (283-285): it is the Historia ...

Psychiatry gone mad

In December 2006, in a small town near Boston, Rebecca Riley, a four-year-old child, died. The cause of death was a combination of drugs which ...

Bacteria trained to save art

Not all bacteria are harmful: some are sadly notorious for their capacity to cause diseases and others are useful to man. If they are properly ...

The reawakening of radical questions

We publish below excerpts from the introduction to the book , E’ Dio il vero tema. Cesare Cattaneo e il sacro (“God is the real ...

How monasticism built Europe

Normally the great churches are universal expressions of the life of the people of God, accessible to all. But Christianity also valued a form of ...

Artists seekers of the truth and witnesses to love

The Church and artists should continue to dialogue with one another in order to make our world more human and more beautiful. The Pope said ...

Artists, seekers of truth and witnesses of love

The Church and artists should continue to dialogue with one another in order to make our world more human and more beautiful, the Pope said ...

'Peter in Rome' is carved on the rock

The Osservatore Romano of February 11 and 13, 1872 in its column, “Citizen News” published an exhaustive and detailed account of the “Dispute between Catholic ...

Wonderland Rooms at the Biennale

What else can we call them if not wonderland rooms, the “para-pavilions” commissioned by Bice Curriger at the Venice Biennale from Oscar Tuazon, Song Dong, ...

Congratulations from the artists

On Friday, 17 June, “Lo splendore della Verità, la bellezza della Carità” [The Splendour of the Truth, the Beauty of Love], an exhibition organized by ...

A treasury of talents

There is a widespread opinion — and not even a recent one — that the Vatican is a repository for the conservation of very important ...

What a crowd in the tombs of Onesimus, Papirius and Prima

There are some monuments that “speak too much” and become a tangle of ideas, thoughts and interpretations which require archeologists and art historians to sharpen ...

That boys may become men

We publish below an article in the latest edition of “Pagine Ebraiche”, the monthly journal of the Union of the Italian Jewish Community. Giorgio Perlasca ...

Even secular thinking needs objective moral truth

“Once upon a time popular science was the attempt to explain the achievements of scientists to a broad audience. This was a noble endeavor that ...

That mosaic of Mary in remembrance of the assassination attempt on Pope Wojtyla

The tourist or pilgrim who comes to St. Peter’s Square will see dominating the top of the façade of the Apostolic Palace, on the side ...

Wojtyła’s Pontificate on display at the Museum of Tolerance

. “A source of inspiration for future generations” is the motivation of the Simon Wiesenthal Center — the international Jewish organization for human rights, established ...

The Emperor’s Dream Room

What should the bedroom of an Emperor look like, if the Emperor is Napoleon I Bonaparte? This was the question on the mind of the ...

He set out limping trusting to luck

How can one describe this exceptional book? As a biography, a hagiography or a spiritual meditation? It is all these at the same time but ...

His Christ-centered theology

December 12th marked the second anniversary of the death of Cardinal Avery Dulles, one of the finest theologians the Church in the United States has ...

A mirror of the world

In 1861, when L’Osservatore Romano came into being, there were three emperors in Europe: Franz Josef in Vienna, Alexander ii in St Petersburg and Napoleon ...

Body and soul

The following is the address given by Archbishop Filoni, Substitute of the Secretariat of State, which is the text with which the book ends. The ...

The first global newspaper

On Thursday afternoon, 2 December, the book: Singolarissimo giornale. I 150 anni dell’ “Osservatore Romano” (Umberto Allemandi & Co., Turin, 2010, 285 pages, € 30) ...

The first ‘global newspaper’

The book-launch for “Singolarissimo giornale. I 150 anni dell’Osservatore Romano” [A most unusual newspaper. The 150th anniversary of “L’Osservatore Romano”], was held in Rome on ...

A universal newspaper

In the past 50 years of publishing L’Osservatore Romano has without any doubt been a special newspaper. It is a newspaper that has always been ...

Newman on Councils and their aftermaths

On 22 and 23 November, an International Symposium with the theme “The Primacy of God in the Life and Writings of Blessed John Henry Newman” ...

A champion for truth in anticipation of eternal beatitude

The International Symposium on the theme “The Primacy of God in the Life and Writings of Blessed John Henry Newman”, organized by the International Centre ...

God, Christians and the world

The Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Verbum Domini presents to the universal Church, the members of other Churches and Christian communities, to believers of non-Christian religious denominations, ...

A mosaic of music and the drama of the human condition

A concert was given on Saturday evening, 16 October, in the Paul VI Audience Hall, in honour of Pope Benedict XVI. Present were the Synod ...

Faith is a different force

On the evening of Friday, 1 October, in the Vatican's Paul vi Hall, ENI (the Italian oil and gas company) offered a concert to the ...

Death a sincere and most beloved friend

On Tuesday evening, 7 September, the Holy Father attended a concert in the courtyard of the Papal Summer Residence at Castel Gandolfo, offered by the ...

Raphael

The exhibition ‘Raphael: Cartoons and Tapestries for the Sistine Chapel’ was inaugurated on 8 September and will run until 17 October at the Victoria and ...

In the footsteps of the Holy Father

Mons. Georg Gänswein, Private Secretary to the Pope, has been awarded the Capri San Michele Prize, Images and Truths section, for editing the book, Benedetto ...

Two worlds compare the meanings of ‘self’

The following is a summary of the lecture given to the Circolo di Roma by the Ambassador of Japan to the Holy See, at the ...

Pius X's Eucharistic revolution

It is impossible to understand Pius X's Pontificate (1903-1914) without bearing in mind that the focus of his mental universe was the problem of the ...

A new Caravaggio? Not really

The entrance to the Convent of Gesù is located at no. 16, Via degli Astalli, next door to Palazzo Venezia in Rome. In the late ...

How the Pope sees the primacy of God

The Libreria Editrice Vaticana [Vatican Publishing House] has already had the privilege of enriching its catalogue with dozens of Documents from the teaching and Magisterium ...

Laser reveals Apostles

The delicate and meticulous restoration work that began two years ago in the painted cubiculum at the Roman Catacombs of St Thecla just off the ...

A pious woman of well-to-do Rome in that period

Even before the Sack of Rome in 410, an event that shocked the Romans and the entire ancient world as much as the violent attack ...

Knights of Columbus  90 years of presence in Rome

From Benedict XV to Benedict XVI: in the 90 years of their presence in Rome the Knights of Columbus “have worked with particular solicitude for ...

If we flirt with eugenics

In Italy a strong protest arose at the news that the Veneto Region had proposed excluding people with serious mental disabilities from access to organ ...

The Soul of a Lion

The philosopher, Dietrich von Hildebrand, lived a life of high drama and heroic witness. Yet despite this, he is not nearly as well known today ...

An optimal motor but not life

Science magazine reported an important research development concerning the creation of a bacterial cell with synthetic DNA. Already in 2002 scientists had synthesized the genome ...

Time to point out new worlds

On Wednesday, 12 May, the Holy Father celebrated Mass privately at the Apostolic Nunciature in Lisbon. The Pope then went to Belém Cultural Centre. The ...

The seven years that revolutionized music

It's true, they took drugs. Carried away by their success, they lived for years in an uninhibited, reckless way; with an excess of bravado they ...

The Shroud and secularization

A few days ago the exposition of the Holy Shroud, backed this time by an exhibition on the Face and Body of Christ, was inaugurated ...

Communicating the beauty that is truth

On his name day, 19 March, the Feast of St Joseph, the Holy Father attended a concert in the Clementine Hall organized by the Prefecture ...

A conversation of souls

In 1986 Nello Vian's collection of Lettere ai familiari, published by the Istituto Paolo VI of Brescia, consisted of 1,098 documents (letters, postcards, telegrams) which ...

My father

“The Lord said to Gideon, ‘The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel vaunt themselves ...

Toward a renewed Catholic imagination

The following review of Cardinal Francis George's latest book was written by Fr Robert P. Imbelli of the Archdiocese of New York, Systematic Theology Professor ...

The Nazis knew Pius XII well which is why they feared him

Bernard-Henri Lévy's article – written after Benedict XVI's visit to the Jewish community of Rome and in which he juxtaposes as scapegoats the figures of ...

The Pope's silence was not out of fear

On 28 June 1964 “L’Osservatore della Domenica” published the account by Fr Paolo Dezza, sj – Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University from 1941-1951 – ...

Benedict XVI visits the exhibition ‘Power and Grace’

On Sunday, 31 January, Benedict XVI visited the exhibition entitled “Power and Grace: The Patron Saints of Europe” which was on display at the Palazzo ...

Harmony between reason and faith after St Aquinas' example

On Thursday, 28 January, in the Clementine Hall the Holy Father met with the members of the Pontifical Academies who were participating in the 14th ...

An historic (but also a normal) visit

The following is the translation of an article that Prof. Giovanni Maria Vian, Editor-in-Chief of L’Osservatore Romano wrote for “Vita e Pensiero”, the two-monthly journal ...

Callista and the Hunger for God in the Empire

Professor Waterman Ward devlivered a paper during the International Symposium on the theme “The Primacy of Godin the Life and Writings of Blessed John Henry ...

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