September 12, 2011

Appreciating beautiful works of art is not just for cultural enrichment, it's also an important way to experience God and become aware of the human thirst for the infinite, Pope Benedict said.

A sculpture, a painting, a poem or a piece of music can arouse a feeling of joy when it becomes apparent that it is more than just a chunk of marble, a canvas covered with colours, or words or notes on a page, he said.

"It's something bigger, something that speaks and touches your heart; it carries a message and lifts the spirit," he said Aug. 31 at his weekly general audience.

"Art is like an open doorway to the infinite, toward a beauty and truth that go beyond everyday reality," he said.

Art can reveal a thirst and quest for the infinitive, the pope said.