Pontifical Council for Culture
Pontifical Council for Culture (Latin: Pontificium Consilium de
Cultura) is a dicastery of the
Roman Curia charged with fostering the
relationship of the
Catholic Church with different cultures.
Paul II founded it on 20 May 1982. He later merged the Pontifical
Council for Dialogue with Non-Believers (founded in 1965) with it.
3 Presidents of the Pontifical Council for Culture
5 External links
Following on the emphasis placed by the Second Vatican Council and
Pope Paul VI on the importance of culture for the full
development of the human person, the Pontifical Council was
established to foster the relationship between the Gospel and
cultures, and to study the phenomenon of indifference in matters of
religion. It also fosters relationships between the
Holy See and
exponents of the world of culture and promotes dialogue with the
various contemporary cultures.
The Council has two sections: the Faith and Culture section
concentrates on the work the Council did before the Council for
Non-Believers was merged with it, while the Dialogue with Cultures
section continues the work of the latter Council, establishing
dialogue with those who do not believe in God or profess no religion,
but who are open to genuine cooperation.
The Council cooperates with episcopal conferences, universities and
international organizations such as
UNESCO with regard to its field of
The permanent staff at the Council's headquarters consists of little
more than a dozen people, including the President (currently
Gianfranco Ravasi, the Secretary and the Under-Secretary. The Council
has a slightly larger number of members, who are usually cardinals and
bishops appointed by the
Pope for five-year terms, who come together
for the three-yearly plenary assemblies to evaluate the day-to-day
running of the Council and to consider matters of special importance.
Pope also appoints consultors, who are yet more numerous (priests,
religious, and laity predominate in this group), who can be called on
at any time for advice and assistance.
Under the Council's patronage, Liana Marabini launched the
International Catholic Film Festival known as "Mirabile Dictu", an
independent film festival to promote films covering Roman Catholic
topics. The event has been held annually since 2010 in Rome.
The Council organized the Vatican participation in the Venice Biennale
in May 2013. Instead of restricting itself to religious art, it asked
artists to produce works on the theme "Creation, De-Creation and
Re-Creation" in order to "create an atmosphere of dialogue between art
and faith". Artists included Studio Azzurro, a Milan-based art
collective that produces interactive videos, Czech photographer Josef
Koudelka, and abstract painter Lawrence Carroll.
On 19 December 2015,
Paul Tighe was appointed the Council's first
In March 2017, the Council announced the creation of a Feminine
Consultation within he Pontifical Council for Culture, with 37 women
chosen from a mix of nationalities, religions, professions, political
views, and marital status. Ravasi said: "the function of these women
is a real function, they are called to express judgments; they have
already criticized me on some proposals and have put forward others!
For instance, in connection with the forthcoming Plenary Assembly of
the dicastery, on neuroscience, artificial intelligence, genetics,
robotics, information technology, etc. on all these issues these women
have expressed–as scientists and as women–judgments that we would
be unable to formulate."
The Council is also responsible for the Vatican Cricket Team. 
Presidents of the Pontifical Council for Culture
Gabriel-Marie Garrone (20 May 1982 – 19 April 1988 )
Paul Poupard (19 Apr 1988 – 3 September 2007)
Gianfranco Ravasi (3 Sep 2007 -)
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^ Pontifical Council for Culture, Profile
Annuario Pontificio 2009
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Vatican". New York Times. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
^ O'Connell, Gerard (19 December 2015). "
Pope Appoints Msgr. Paul
Tighe as Bishop and Adjunct-Secretary to the Pontifical Council for
Culture". America. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
^ Lubov, Deborah Casetellano (9 March 2017). "Interview: Cardinal
Ravasi: 'Finally a Feminine Voice in the Roman Curia'". Zenit.
Retrieved 8 August 2017.
^ Lubov, Deborah Casetellano (7 March 2017). "Presentation of
'Revolutionary' Vatican's Women's Consultation Group". Zenit.
Retrieved 8 August 2017.
^ "Vatican cricket team heads overseas for interfaith tournament". 20
April 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017.