Art has long been associated with religious awakening. In case visitors to the Vatican Museums feel particularly inspired, the museum is adding two new docents: priests. According to the New York Times’ ArtsBeat blog, the priests will be stationed at “strategic points” in the museum, ready to offer up words of divine guidance or just information about the religious iconography found in works on view. ArtsBeat quotes the secretary general of the Governorate of Vatican City, Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, on the inspiration behind the holy appointments:
Bishop Sciacca told the [Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano] that the identity of the Vatican Museums was rooted in the Christian message, “announced to the world” through the artworks within, welcoming people of all faiths and nationalities.
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