|A detail from Sandro Botticelli's "Birth of Venus."|
July 12, 2010. Rome, Italy. This past July 2, Catholic
speaker, author, and media consultant Teresa Tomeo interviewed Fr Mark
Haydu, LC, the international director of the Patrons of the
Arts in the Vatican Museums. The interview is in the third
segment of her July 2 talk show, which can be
heard at this link.
As Fr Mark explains, the Patrons
of the Arts is an international network of benefactors who
support the Vatican Museums’ art restoration projects. Both he and
Teresa make the point that art is a medium by
which Catholics can engage the culture, expressing the faith and
touching hearts in a different—and sometimes more powerful—way than words.
The show also promotes a Christmastime pilgrimage on the
theme of “Feminine Beauty in the Arts,” which she
and Fr Mark Haydu are co-hosting with Brenda Sharman of
Pure Fashion. Liz Lev, an expert guide on Catholic
art in the Vatican museums, will also be giving talks
on the pilgrimage, which begins on December 27 and ends
on January 3.
The tour, which is intended for mothers and
daughters but is open to all (an independently themed segment
is available for fathers and sons), will look at the
collections of the Vatican Museums under the perspective of what
makes for real feminine beauty.
The visits will also go
outside of the Vatican to other sites, such as the
Galleria Borghese Museum, the St Agnes Catacombs, the Coliseum, the
Roman Forum, the Trevi Fountain, and a selection of churches
and basilicas in Rome. Outside of Rome, the pilgrims will
spend a day in Siena and another day by the
sea in Nettuno, where St Maria Goretti was martyred.
Rome, the pilgrims will stay at a 4-star hotel, attend
a papal audience, and enjoy a farewell dinner at the
Vatican. Costs cover lodging, all museum entrance fees, transportation by
bus once in Italy, and some meals.
More practical information
about the pilgrimage, including regular and early booking prices and
a complete itinerary (see second page), is available in the
flyer at this link.