Vatican revives its ancient patronage of the arts

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Uncreation photo courtesy Pontifical Council for Culture (http://bit.ly/10lOLTr)

Uncreation photo courtesy Pontifical Council for Culture (http://bit.ly/10lOLTr)

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) For centuries, popes sponsored the work of artists such as Michelangelo, Raffaello or Bernini, but the marriage between art and faith became estranged in modern times. With a new exhibit at the prestigious Venice Biennial art festival, the Vatican hopes to revive church patronage of the arts.