Pope sneaks out of Vatican to visit exhibit

Pope Benedict visits a Rome exhibit on European patron saints. (CNS/Osservatore Romano)

VATICAN CITY — Twenty-five years ago, it wasn’t unusual for Pope John Paul II to sneak out of the Vatican in the winter to go skiing.

Pope Benedict XVI left the Vatican unannounced last evening to visit an art exhibit, according to reports today from Vatican Radio and L’Osservatore Romano.

Yesterday marked the end of the four-month run of the exhibit, “The Power and the Grace: The Patron Saints of Europe,” at Rome’s Palazzo Venezia Museum, and Pope Benedict was among the last of the more than 100,000 people to visit the show.

The Vatican newspaper said the pope arrived at the museum about 6:30 p.m. with his two private secretaries and the four laywomen who care for the private papal household. The women are members of Communion and Liberation’s Memores Domini association.

While the public was held at bay for 35 minutes, the pope and his entourage were shown the more than 100 works on display by the curator of the exhibit, the Italian ambassador to the Vatican and an undersecretary of Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s government.

For the last month of the exhibit, the Louvre in Paris loaned the museum Leonardo DaVinci’s painting of St. John the Baptist. Other works on display included Jan van Eyck’s painting of St. Francis of Assisi with the stigmata, Caravaggio’s St. John the Baptist, and El Greco’s painting of St. Louis IX of France.

6 Responses

  1. the position of the papal is an infallible one, he must always respect that. he must listen to his lieutenants.

  2. Good for the Pope. The Bishop of Rome needs to get out more, see the sites, visit his flock and generally see life from beyond the walls of the Vatican.

  3. I am sure our Holy Father has a great appreciation of religious art. A private visit would give Pope Benedict the opportunity to appreciate the works even more.
    God Bless Pope Benedict XVI.

  4. I believe that His Holiness appreciates the value of arts and culture that is why he sneacked out of the confort of the Vatican to visit exhibit. The picture really looks nice to behold. The Pope admires human creativity. We love You His Holiness. Ejike Asiegbu

  5. I believe that His Holiness appreciates the value of arts and culture that is why he sneacked out of the confort of the Vatican to visit exhibit. The picture really looks nice to behold. The Pope admires human creativity. We love You His Holiness. Ejike Asiegbu

  6. I think The Holy father has the right to choose what to do and when he feels to do it. He must not always remain indoor, for so, He will not enjoy and know recent events. All Prayer without self-insertion in the happenings of the world would makes Him a Religious neurotic. He is not one. Long life and God’s guidance.

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