VATICAN CITY, NOV. 30, 2009 (Zenit.org).- There is a Vatican commission with the "daily and dense" task of helping to preserve the cultural heritage not just of one nation, but of the whole world.Read all …
The secretary of the commission, Francesco Buranelli, explained this at a press conference Saturday to mark the 20th anniversary of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church.
Buranelli explained how Pope John Paul II's 1988 apostolic constitution "Pastor Bonus" "had the far-sighted cultural vision to institute a structure to which to entrust the protection of the treasures of the Church in the world."
The "exceptional nature" of the commission, he said, is in the "value of universality," because it is not a dicastery "linked to territorial or national limits," but "refers to the Church's own vocation to preserve, protect and value all cultural goods recognized as the patrimony of Christianity."
"It is a daily and dense activity," observed Buranelli, stressing the particular importance given to the preparation of documents and to contact with international organizations "to spread ever greater awareness of the role and specific value of the religious cultural patrimony, particularly the Christian, within the cultural patrimony of each nation and, in consequence, in the worldwide patrimony of humanity."
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Preserving Treasures of the Patrimony
For those of your unacquainted with Frank Capra's timeless film Lost Horizon (1937) (based on Hilton's book), the leitmotif is that of preserving truth, goodness, and beauty when the world is gone mad. This, of course, is a parody of what the Catholic Church has done throughout history: