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Pontifical Gregorian University teaches about God through art


History & Culture Department, Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)

"To understand our own history correctly, it's very important to know the context, the roots of what we are. The Cultural Heritage of the Church is part of our tradition, but we have to understand them and take care of them.”

Universities generally teach students about different movements in art history and the methods and styles that each uses. With religious art, professors at the Gregorian make a special effort to explain exactly why a piece was created.

History & Culture Department, Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)

"A specific point of the training we give students is the ecclesial and theological perspective, even in non-Christian art. Many universities study the cultural heritage and the history of art. But here at the Gregorian, we provide an ecclesial and theological perspective  without which a work of Christian art can not be understood.”

When people talk about the New Evangelization, they generally associate it with the Internet and new technologies. However, those in cultural heritage believe the history of the Church can also play a role.

History & Culture Department, Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome)

"I think it's important for dialogue with the world and to present the Christian message because most of the works of Christian art were created to teach about the message of the Gospel. We have a great opportunity for dialogue, also for the New Evangelization.”

Thanks to these lessons, students in Rome are learning how to transform normal visits to cathedrals and museums into real catechesis through masterpieces of art.