APOSTOLIC LETTER MOTU PROPRIO DATA

PULCHRITUDINIS FIDEI

OF
HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI

WHEREBY
THE PONTIFICAL COMMISSION FOR THE CULTURAL HERITAGE OF THE CHURCH
IS JOINED TO
THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR CULTURE

 1. The Church, as the witness to the beauty of faith and guardian of the truth of the Gospel, has always shown great interest in the world of culture and the arts. In this particular realm she fulfils her mission by offering to cultures and to human creativity the fruitful light of the Gospel of Christ through dialogue and interaction.

    It is clear that "the history of the Church is also inseparably the history of culture and art" and that "today, more than ever, reciprocal openness between the cultures is a privileged context for dialogue between people committed to seeking an authentic humanism, over and above the divergences that separate them" (Address to the Pontifical Council for Culture, 15 June 2007).

2. Faithful to the indications given by the Second Vatican Council, and considering the needs of the times, my Venerable Predecessor Blessed John Paul II more than once reformed the offices of the Roman Curia charged with dialogue with the world of culture and the preservation of the artistic heritage inspired by the Christian faith.

    Particularly by his Motu Proprio Inde a Pontificatus of 25 March 1993, Pope John Paul wished to join the Pontifical Council for Dialogue with Non-Believers to the Pontifical Council for Culture which he had established on 20 May 1982. As a result of this provision, the Pontifical Council for Culture broadened its scope to include both dialogue with the cultural phenomena of our time and relations with the world of non-believers.

    By the same Motu Proprio, the Supreme Pontiff, in reforming the earlier Pontifical Commission for Preserving the Church's Patrimony of Art and History, established the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and decreed that it should work closely with the Pontifical Council for Culture.

3. The need for such coordination gradually increased, since these two areas of activity, even at international meetings, are becoming more and more interconnected. The Holy See, for its part, sees the value of a certain change in the organization and management of the two Offices.

4. In the light of these considerations, derogating from the provisions of the Motu Proprio Inde a Pontificatus, I have decided to unite the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church to the Pontifical Council for Culture.

5. The objectives and faculties hitherto granted to the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church by Articles 99-103 of the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus and by the Motu Proprio Inde a Pontificatus, as well as its various activities, are hereby transferred to the Pontifical Council for Culture.

    I order that all that I have decreed by this Apostolic Letter issued Motu Proprio is to be completely observed, all to the contrary notwithstanding, even those things worthy of special mention, and that the present Letter be published in the official commentary Acta Apostolicae Sedis.

    Given at Castel Gandolfo, on the thirtieth day of July in the year 2012, the eighth of my Pontificate.

Benedictus PP. XVI