Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Pope to meet 500+ artists in the Sistine Chapel to "rekindle the special relationship between Faith and Art"

Pope Benedict XVI has invited hundreds of artists to meet with him in the Vatican in an attempt to rekindle the "special historical relationship between faith and art."

More than 500 personalities from the worlds of art, theater, literature and music have been asked to gather with the pope under the legendary Michelangelo frescoes in the Sistine Chapel Nov. 21, 2009.

Most of the list will be disclosed shortly before the event, but a few names of the invited were mentioned at the news conference: Italian film score composer Ennio Morricone, avant-garde theater director Bob Wilson, architect Daniel Libeskind, and Bono, the lead singer of the rock group U2.

Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said the meeting was to be the first of many initiatives aimed at bridging the gap that has developed between spirituality and artistic expression over the last century or so. Read more about it here.

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