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Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI before his upcoming birthday

April 13, 2017. Vatican releases statement that the pope visited Benedict XVI yesterday.

Pope asks artists to bring hope to the world


Benedict XVI
"You are thecustodians of beauty: thanks to your talent, you have the opportunity to speakto the heart of humanity, to touch individual and collective sensibilities, tocall forth dreams and hopes, to broaden the horizons of knowledge and of humanengagement. Be grateful, then, for the gifts you have received and be fullyconscious of your great responsibility to communicate beauty, to communicate inand through beauty! Through your art, you yourselves are to be heralds andwitnesses of hope for humanity!"

Benedict XVI
"Dear friends, thank you for your presence here today. Let the beauty that youexpress by your God-given talents always direct the hearts of others to glorifythe Creator, the source of all that is good. God’s blessings upon you all!"