Dear Patrons and Friends,Today we would like to start by sharing with you an extract from a speech Pope Francis gave a few days ago. His Holiness' words hold together the reason why we believe so much in our mission to promote, restore, and conserve the patrimony of the Vatican Museums.
These words were part of the Pope's address during the inauguration of a new permanent exhibition space of the Vatican Apostolic Library on November 5.
The Vatican Apostolic Library's Sistine Hall,newly reestablished as reading room of printed books. Courtesy of the Vatican.
The Vatican Apostolic Library, which is normally only accessible to scholars, has now a space open to the public and dedicated to supporting "the culture of encounter,” according to librarian Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça.
The inaugural show, titled “Tutti. Umanità in cammino” or “Everyone: Humanity on Its Way,” features work by Italian artist Pietro Ruffo inspired by the encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti published last October. The letter includes the pope’s thoughts on brotherhood and “social friendship”, based on the writings of Saint Francis of Assisi.
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