Not just pretty pictures: Church art is catechetical storybook of faith

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March 19, 2015

Passionist Father Francesco Guerra talks about artwork above Holy Stairs in Rome

Passionist Father Francesco Guerra talks about artwork above the Holy Stairs as people pray on their knees at the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs in Rome March 10. Tradition maintains that Jesus climbed the stairs when Pilate brought him before the crowd. It’s believed that Constantine’s mother, St. Helen, brought the stairs to Rome from Jerusalem in 326. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Having so much world-famous art housed in Rome’s churches and chapels has risked turning the city’s sacred spaces into sightseer circuses.

A hushed prayerful atmosphere for the faithful is often broken by clicking cameras and tourists exchanging guidebook details.

But one Rome attraction has managed to hold on to its spiritual side, according to the rector of the Pontifical Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs.

Read more in The Visitor…