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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

To circus performers, creators of beauty: humanity needs beauty

Vatican City, 7 January 2014 (VIS) – “The people who perform in the circus create beauty – they are creators of beauty. And this is good for the soul. How we are in need of beauty!” exclaimed Pope Francis, in his greetings to the performers of the Liana Orfei Golden Circus, who performed before the Pontiff at the end of today's general audience. “Our life is very practical – we do things, we carry out our work, we do what we have to do – 'doing' is the language of the hands. But our life is also about thinking and reason. And this is important, as we are animals who think – we do not think like animals! Thought, the language of the mind, is important. We are also people who love, who have this capacity to love: the language of the heart. … And all these three languages unite to create the unity of the person. And there beauty lies: and those of you who performed today are creators of harmony, creators of beauty, who show us the high road of beauty”.

He continued, “God is certainly true, God is certainly good, God certainly knows how to do things, He created the world – but above all, God is beautiful! The beauty of God. Very often we forget about beauty. Let us not forget this, and let us thank these people who are good at doing things, good at maintaining balance, at performing, but most of all, good at creating beauty”.

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