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Pope says church art should not be hidden in storage rooms

Church art should not be hidden away in storage rooms, but needs to be shown and made known among the entire community, Pope John Paul II has said.

The pope, speaking last week to members of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Goods of the Church, said artistic works were one of the church's greatest material assets and should not be locked up.

He said there was a growing consensus in society that "sacred art, architecture, archives, libraries, museums, music and theatre do not represent merely a heap of historical-artistic artifacts, but a collection of assets that can be used by the entire community."

Exhibiting and highlighting these works is a good way for local churches to engage in cultural dialogue, he said.

Catholic News Service

Christus Rex

24 Oct 2002