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Bono and the pope: an encore?

The celebrated rocker knows his way around the Vatican, and he’s no stranger to papal audiences (see the photo above.)

And a report indicates may meet with John Paul’s successor later this year:

Bono has been invited to meet with Pope Benedict XVI, along with more than 500 other artists and performers. This group will include members of the theater, art, literature and music communities and they will meet with the Pope at the Sistine Chapel on November 21.


The meeting is part of a concerted effort by the Roman Catholic Church to reestablish the relationship between the Church and art.

Archbishop Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, said in a news conference at the Vatican that the meeting is intended to build on the “special historical relationship between faith and art.”

According to the, along with the U2 frontman, other artists planning on attending include Italian film score composer Ennio Morricone, avant-garde theater director Bob Wilson, and architect Daniel Libeskind.

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posted September 21, 2009 at 12:11 pm

"to reestablish the relationship between the Church and art". Who represents "art"? Bono? Or the Crucified Green Frog?There are many artist that are faithful to the magisterium and that each day work in their craft in a relationship with the Church (for example Michel O'Brian). Are they choped liver?This news story is biased and innane. But so, what is new? sigh.

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posted September 21, 2009 at 12:31 pm

Great story!I like the 'Bring back baroque' bumper stickers you see from time to time. As I understand it, the Baroque movement was the first real propaganda movement of the Church. The big picture idea was as relevant then as it is today: wow the people with art, music and architecture so there is an undeniable truth that God exists and is present in the world.The Catechism really underscores how the undeniable truth of God can be found in man and in nature and art should be the gateway to help people connect with their innate desire for his love. Bravo!

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