Vatican, August, 8th, 2017 (PWPN). Pope Francis and the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network present the 20th The Pope Video. This month the Holy Father stresses the importance of the work of artists to “infect” people with joy and contribute to the transformation of society.
This month, the Pope stresses the importance of the work of artists as a way of transmitting joy. And he gives this message with a video in which music and scenery are the protagonists.
In addition to emphasizing the value of the creative work of God, as the imagery juxtaposes the tranquility of the plains with the fervor of a ballerina in the midst of a city, Francis makes a clear call to commit ourselves to caring for and protecting this inheritance. In September of 2016, on the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, he invited all believers to renew our commitment to our personal vocation to be stewards of creation.
Jesuit Father Frédéric Fornos, international director of the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and its youth branch, the Eucharistic Youth Movement, noted that the Pope already some time ago has spoken of the importance of artists: “‘The artist is a witness of the invisible, and a work of art is the strongest proof that the incarnation is possible,’ and the role of the poet, of the artist, is to oppose the ‘throw-away’ culture, and evangelize.”
A social media contest titled #beautyofcreation is also being launched today by the Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network and the Global Catholic Climate Movement to encourage fulfillment of the prayer intention. The campaign invites people to be "artists" by taking a picture or making a short video of places in nature where they appreciate the beauty of creation. The contest is hashtagged #beautyofcreation.
Entries will be showcased on the Beauty of Creation web page, http://catholicclimatemovement.global/beauty-of-creation. The campaign will run through the Season of Creation (http://seasonofcreation.org) the period September 1-October 4 when Christians come together to pray for and care for creation. The Season of Creation has been endorsed by Pope Francis, the Ecumenical Patriarch, and major European churches.
Below, find the full script of the video:
The arts give expression to the beauty of the faith and proclaim the Gospel message of the grandeur of God’s creation.
When we admire a work of art or a marvel of nature, we discover how everything speaks to us of Him and of His love.
That artists of our time, through their creativity, may help us discover the beauty of creation.