Vatican     USE ARTS TO FURTHER GOSPEL MESSAGE, POPE SAYS
In a meeting on Friday with the members of the Pontifical Council for the Cultural Goods of the Church, Pope John Paul II emphasised that all of the Church's possessions should be used for the cause of evangelisation.
   Speaking to the members of the Pontifical Council, who had gathered in Rome for their annual plenary meeting, the Pontiff said that the cultural treasures of the Church must be seen as aids toward 'true human progress and the spread of the Gospel.'
   Christian art and architecture, the Pope pointed out, can be 'indispensable in the mission of evangelisation and human development that is proper to the Church.' And artistic treasures 'never lose their own eloquence' in testifying to the vigor of the faith.
   The Pontifical Council for the Cultural Goods of the Church was created by Pope John Paul II himself in 1993. Its president is Archbishop Francesco Marchisano.
   
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