About 450 children of different nationalities, with their teachers, family members and volunteers, are preparing to set off on a special journey through Italy, organised by the Italian Railway System and the Vatican.
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, and Mr Mauro Moretti, delegate administrator of the Italian Railway System explained that their 'Journey Through Beauty' will start from Milan on 23 June and make two stops, in Bologna and Florence, before arriving at the Vatican train station where they will be received by Pope Francis himself.
The objective of the initiative is to promote the direct experience of artistic creation, bringing the littlest ones closer to visual communication and the language of images, from which sprang the idea of a journey through beauty. During the trip, other educational and artistic programs dedicated to children will be offered by the personnel of the Italian Railway System.
“I focused on the children,” said Cardinal Ravasi, “because I think that therein lies the root from which we must build a generation of young persons who still have ... the beauty of creativity—that doesn't seem old at the start—who aren't already discouraged the way we are but who are ready to live more the future that awaits them. Basically, religions have precisely this fundamental purpose: to teach how to come together, how to continuously declare the future, that is, hope.”
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