Pope Francis welcomed at the Vatican more than two hundred artists today, coming from thirty countries of the world.
“I’m glad to meet you. But I have something to tell you, which I consider very important. I would like to ask you not to forget the poor who are the ones Jesus loves the most. All the poor of our time,” said the Pope.
“Some have terrible shortages of essential foodstuffs and, for that reason, they are in need of help. They usually do not have a voice to be heard. You can express their silent cry,” Pope Francis added.
Finally, the Pope underlined that “art never works as an anesthetic”, and, therefore, “we need to bring back the light of hope and shine this light in the darkness of people’s lives.” He also pointed out issues like individualism and indifference. He asked the more than two hundred artists who visited him “to help everyone see the light and the beauty that can save lives”.