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Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.

Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.

Theologian, Author, Speaker, Consultant and Certified Sommelier. Permanent research fellow at the Center for Ethics and Culture, Notre Dame University.

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ABUJA, NIGERIA - NOVEMBER 21:  The Ecumenical Centre and Church is pictured on November 21, 2008 in Abuja, Nigeria.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Pope Francis: Church Buildings Should Be an ‘Oasis of Beauty’

Francis told listeners that only an experience of beauty can “restore enthusiasm and confidence” and “encourage the human spirit to rediscover its path and raise its eyes above the horizon to dream of a life worthy of its vocation.” Pope Francis is suggesting that this artistic renewal is especially needed in church buildings themselves.