Pope Francis meets with J Balvin and other artists – Entertainment

Vatican City, Sep 1 (EFE).- Pope Francis met this Thursday for more than two hours with a group of artists, including Colombian singer and producer J. Balvin and Mexicans Eduardo Verastegui and Alexander Acha, as part of the meeting convened by the Vitae Foundation, in which the pontiff asked them to commit themselves to improving the world through art.

During the meeting, held behind closed doors, the Pope addressed a few words to the artists and then spoke to everyone, asking what they can contribute to achieving more beauty in the world or how to be more committed.

In a brief statement, the Vatican said the religious leader indicated some avenues of communication, “such as truth, kindness and, particularly for artists, beauty, a path of contemplation.”

“You are preachers of beauty. Beauty is good, beauty heals, beauty leads the way,” he commented.

Responding to questions from the audience, which also included Argentine writer and businessman Alejandro Guillermo Roemmers and British actress Jessica Oyelowo, the pontiff reiterated “the need to speak to young people, to communicate to them the Gospel, of witness and accompaniment, which spring from the dialogue with God, which give rise to a path”.

“Art opens doors, touches hearts and helps us to move forward”, said the pope, who at the end of the meeting assured the artists “that he will keep the treasure of the things he has heard and the paths that have been told to him, keeping them in his heart. “.

This initiative under the name of Vitae Summit 2022 foresees, according to the organizers, “dialogue to see how the arts, media and entertainment can be used to promote unity, hope and meeting between people on a global level”.

“We started to develop a way to bring beauty, unity and encounter to a world we live in today, with so much polarization, so many negative messages, and where we believe that these kinds of conversations can help convert our world and bring hope. art is very powerful to do this”, analyzed the Mexican Luis Quinelli, president and founder of Vitae Global. EFE

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