Vatican encourages local church museums to link religion, culture
In a circular letter, the Vatican encouraged the establishment of local church museums as a place where religion and culture can meet.
The document said that in creatively displaying the art and artifacts of their local histories -- ranging from paintings to liturgical vestments -- dioceses can spark interest in the church's activities among its own members and in the wider society.
The 78-page circular letter was prepared by the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and sent to bishops around the world in August. The text was made available at the Vatican on 19 October.
Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church