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Pope Francis challenges artists to bring joy to a “gloomy” world

Philip Kosloski - published on 08/04/17

This month's Pope Video highlights how much the world needs beauty.

The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network just released the latest Pope Video, highlighting the prayer intentions of the Holy Father for August. This month Pope Francis exhorts artists to transmit joy to a world badly in need of it.

“The joy of artists in a world at times gloomy and glum is so good for the soul!” Francis explained.

Additionally, the Holy Father pointed out the role of artists in displaying the beauty of creation.

“The arts give expression to the beauty of the faith and proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation,” the pope added. “When we admire a work of art or a marvel of nature, we discover how everything speaks to us of Him and of His love.”

Last year Pope Francis instituted the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation and has been a constant advocate for the preservation of creation for all, especially the poor and marginalized.

Jesuit Father Frédéric Fornos, international director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and its youth branch, the Eucharistic Youth Movement, noted that the pope has spoken for some time of the importance of artists: “‘The artist is a witness of the invisible, and a work of art is the strongest proof that the incarnation is possible,’ and the role of the poet, of the artist, is to oppose the ‘throw-away’ culture, and evangelize.”

The prayer intentions of the Holy Father are entrusted each month to the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and The Pope Video is produced by La Machi Communication for Good Causes with the support of the Society of Jesus, IndigoMusic, GettyImagesLatam and the collaboration of the Vatican Television Center. It also has Aleteia as a media partner. Since its launch in January of 2016, it has had more than 14 million views on its networks.

The Pope Video is made possible thanks to the support of many people. You can donate at this link.

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