- Jul 15, 2020
A Vatican exhibit on reimagining the chapel at a world renowned architecture festival in Venice is the latest chapter in the rocky marriage between art and faith, according to Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi.
A plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for Culture has recommended that Pope Francis revoke an official 1962 Vatican warning about the work of the late French Jesuit scientist, philosopher and theologian Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. Should Francis do so, it won’t really affect Teilhard’s standing, since he was largely “rehabilitated” a long time ago, but it could have important symbolic value.
Pope Francis on Saturday named Irish Bishop Paul Tighe the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture, essentially cementing his status as the top aide to Italian Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi. For the better part of a decade Tighe has been an effective emissary for the headquarters of the Catholic Church, among other reasons because he’s widely regarded as perhaps the Vatican’s nicest guy.
The female advisory board of the Pontifical Council for Culture has big plans: By sending an “electric shock” within the Church, it hopes to spark thousands of similar councils around the globe in search of solutions that go beyond women priests.
The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture has launched a project for the training of priests and other cultural workers in the Church in the aesthetics and history of art. It will also look at specific training for artists in the Church so that they may make art “that fit in places of worship and are in service to the liturgy.”
Female sports pioneer Val Ackerman told a Vatican conference last week that when she looks at the numbers of women in leadership roles in world sports organizations, she cringes, including just three women on the 14-member International Olympic Committee executive board.