Record numbers for the Pavilion of the Holy See Expo 2015 in Milan. It was visited, from the beginning of the world expo to date, almost 690,000 people. Only in August the visitors were more than 200,000. To communication comes from the Vatican press office who also took the opportunity to remember that those who went into the pavilion, dedicated to “not by bread alone” can contribute with an offer to finance the Pope charity . From May 1st to date were collected about 68,000 euro that the Pope, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, has decided to allocate to the needs of children and families of refugees currently present in Jordan. They were also sold more than 5,000 copies in Italian of the encyclical “Laudato si” of Pope Francis, 140 in Spanish, 340 in English and 380 in French.
In the pavilion of the Holy See, the theme “bread alone” is developed through various artistic languages, from the most traditional to the most innovative, which interact each other: a garden to be tended, food to share, a meal that educates, a bread that makes God present in the world are “chapters” in which the exhibition is organized. And the topic of food is an occasion for reflection and education on faith, justice, peace, relationship between peoples, the economy and ecology. A wave of stories, eyes, faces, greets visitors in the first wall, the photographic wall instead divided in three sections shows the problems encountered when the man breaks the agreement with God: conflicts, imbalance and de-creation.
Eighty-six shots of professional and amateur photographers, accompanied by words that Pope Francis uses often in his speeches: “complicity, corruption, discrimination, suburbs, exclusion, destruction, possession, slavery …”. On the opposite wall, three large screens tell the Christian vision of charity, of sharing, of solidarity that becomes fraternity. The three videos were filmed in Burkina Faso, Ecuador and among the refugees in Erbil and continue to arouse the interest of visitors who stop there to watch short films until the end, until the words of the Pope resonate “One human family , food for all”.
The pavilion talks to visitors through art: for the first three months of the Expo has been exposed “Last Supper” by Tintoretto (1561-1562), from the church of San Trovaso in Venice. From the end of July instead you can admire the tapestry of Rubens “The institution of the Eucharist” (1632-1650), from the Diocesan Museum of Ancona, which remains exposed until the end of the event. At the center of the pavilion, the multimedia table that continues the story in pictures: approaching the stations videos are automatically activated that tell the table in the most high meaning of term, the place that combines all the moments of life, with a union of more tables: the kitchen, the floor of the craftsman, the canteen, the altar, space to care, for the game, the children’s area. An image of Pope Francis, the Gospel phrase that gives the title to the pavilion – “Not by bread alone … Give us our daily bread” that explains the meaning of Christian charity to help the integral development of the person, is given to all visitors at the exit.