Vatican     PONTIFICAL COMMISSION FOR CULTURAL GOODS MEETING IN ROME
Fyodor Dostoevski's phrase, "Beauty will save the world," is the focus of the three-day Plenary Assembly of the Church's Pontifical Commission for Cultural Goods, which began in Rome yesterday.
   Participants from all over the world are studying the ways in which the Church can evangelise in the 21st century using the artistic and cultural heritage forged over 2000 years of existence.
   Archbishop Francesco Marchisano, president of the Pontifical Commission, explained that the members of the Commission are discussing the ways in which the Church's cultural goods are currently used for evangelisation in their respective countries. After the presentations, the consequences will be drawn on the way these cultural expressions can communicate the beauty of the Christian message to men and women of today.
   Eleven years ago, John Paul II unified the different Vatican offices concerned with the Church's cultural goods around this Pontifical Commission. In recent years, the Commission's work has sparked great interest in the world, especially in Europe. The European Council, for instance, has already organised two meetings over the last two years to analyse the contribution of believers to European artistic creation and the way in which these priceless treasures can be preserved.
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