The Holy Father not simply holds political meetings, but also artistic ones. For the first time in history a delegation of the highest art historians has come to Rome in order to promote the use of our cultural heritage as an instrument of dialogue between peoples and as a vehicle of peace in the world. Experts in conservation and protection, great patrons of art collecting and the former Minister of Public Service Mario Baccini participated in the meeting too. The “International Conference for Culture Art and Peace” delegation, made up of 17 delegates representing their countries and four continents, was received by the Holy Father, who was given the Manifesto of the nations, an official document for the promotion of heritage and cultural activities as universal vehicles of dialogue among peoples.
This is one of the passages of the Manifesto, signed this morning in Sala Nervi and given to Pope Francis publicly: “All nations must be brought together by a common sense of civilization that excludes intolerance, conflict and war, acknowledging that art and culture are intellectual gifts and represent a universal language, which is necessary to build peace and brotherhood among all men.” This is the statement made by Mario Baccini: “Art is the best instrument to support brotherhood among the nations, and the event “Foedus” represents the first step towards the institution of a permanent conference that promotes culture and the universal values of the individual integrity, through the light of Christianity. ”
The art historian Tiziano Panconi represented Italy. At the age of 45, he is now considered the highest international expert in the works of the Macchiaioli and of other important artists, such as Giovanni Boldini. He said: “The geopolitical events and the chronicle of war of these days, with particular reference to the aggressions perpetrated by Isis against the world cultural heritage, force us to an additional commitment. The meeting with the Pontiff was the summary and the culmination of many months of diplomatic relations between the secretariats of ICCAP, which counts 50 senior ambassadors all over the planet, and the papal secretary, that made the Pope, maximum apostle of the World and leader of the worldwide Catholic Church , share with us this feeling and this project of transversal dialogue. Pope Francis is now the symbolic and physical keeper of the Manifesto of the Nations, which will be the basis of an intensive cultural dialogue between peoples”. The conference in the Chamber of Deputies was sponsored by the Foundation Foedus, produced with the assistance of Fidei Signa Onlus and Tablinum Cultural Management and took place under the patronage of the Prime Minister’s Office, the Chamber of Deputies, the Senate, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Tourism, represented by Ugo Soragni, the General Director of Italian museums.
Translation provided by Maria Rosaria Mastropaolo