In the Pastoral Constitution Gaudium et Spes, the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council expressed the need for the Church to continually place herself before the needs of the cultures of the world....

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Pope Francis appointed His Eminence Cardinal José Tolentino de Mendonça as prefect of the Dicastery for Culture and Education on September 26, 2022. He was born in Funchal, in the island of Madeira,...

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Charism & Creativity

The international conference Charism & Creativity is a joint initiative of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life and the Pontifical Council for Culture. Its object is the cultural heritage...

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Expo Dubai

The Holy See Pavilion at EXPO Dubai “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” is the general theme of the Universal Exhibition, Oct 1, 2021 – Mar 31,...

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Section: Education

In light of the Apostolic Constitution “Praedicate Evangelium” the Congregation for Catholic Education and the Pontifical Council for Culture have merged...

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Plenary Assembly

Videomessage from Pope Francis [video] - texts: [Italian] [English] [French] [Spanish] Plenary Assembly Rethinking Anthropology - Toward a new humanism November 2021 “And no one without Natural...

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"What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light; and what you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops" (Matt 10:27). Videos, photos, books, newsletters and journals are some of the...

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Courtyard of the Gentiles

The Courtyard of the Gentiles is a department of the Pontifical Council for Culture which intends to respond to the desire expressed by the Holy Father on the occasion of the Christmas Greetings to...

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Sport is a mass phenomenon. Each week it mobilises hundreds of thousands of people as they exercise, flock to stadia to support their teams or watch a Formula One race on television. The sports...

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Digital culture

Our concern in the sphere of Digital Culture seeks to ensure presence of a Christian humanism in the sphere of rapidly developing digitalization in general and the emergence of artificial...

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Cultural Heritage and Arts

The term “cultural good” entered ecclesiastical language only with the current Code of Canon Law (CIC/1983 can. 1283, n. 2). But the Catholic Church, firstly through the legislation of the Pontifical...

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Science and Faith

The Science and Faith Department is the vehicle of the Pontifical Council for Culture's engagement with contemporary science. This commitment is based on the firm belief that between science and...

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"I've been constantly concerned about human actions... not to mock them, not to pity them... nor hate them, but only to understand them" (Spinoza, Tractatus politicus I, 4)   The...

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Youth Forum

The voice and point of view of young people within the Pontifical Council for Culture   Eleven young men and eleven women, aged between 18 and 27, believers and non-believers: these are the...

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Women's consultation group

Permanent Women's Consultation Group of the Pontifical Council for Culture Pope Francis has often emphasised the need to listen to women and find space for a responsible collaboration in daily life...

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The BACAC Foundation

The BACAC Foundation (Fondazione per i Beni e le Attività Culturali e Artistiche della Chiesa) was established by Pope Francis on 5 April 2014, as a body under Vatican law, in order to assist in the...

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Pontifical Academies - Cooordination Council

The Council of Coordination between the Pontifical Academies was created by Blessed John Paul II during the audience given to the Cardinal Secretary of State on 6 November 1995, and currently the...

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Dante Centenary Committee

On the occasion of the 7th centenary of the death of Dante Alighieri (1321-2021), the Pontifical Council for Culture, aware of the profound link between the Poet and the Holy See and between his...

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Catholic Cultural Centres

"The synthesis between culture and faith is not only a requirement of the culture but also of  the faith, since a faith that does not become culture is a faith not fully accepted, not...

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