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Catholic Cultural Heritage

Culture is a social and historical phenomenon, the product of human activity through many centuries, and a deposit of human society and history.  With over two thousand years of history and tradition, the Catholic Church offers a rich diversity of cultural heritage with its devotions, liturgy, processions, and historical saints. 


“Catholic Cultural Heritage” looks at the diverse cultural heritage that is closely connected to the Catholic Church and the local Church.  Through this diverse cultural heritage, one is able to understand and treasure its valuable history and worth.  Only by rooting ourselves in the past can we look forward to the future and do a good job of "inheriting".


Arts and Catholic Culture

Beauty creates communion. It unites onlookers from a distance, uniting past, present and future. The Catholic Church has always translated the universality of the Good News into the language of art.  Christianity from its earliest days has recognized the value of the arts and has made wise use of their varied language to express her unvarying message of salvation.  This is because Christians believe that "for from the greatness and beauty of created things comes a corresponding perception of their Creator” (Wisdom 13:5). 

“Arts and Catholic Culture” looks at different artistic areas that are closely connected to the mission of the Catholic Church and cultures of the contemporary world.  The areas of interests include Architecture, Design, Painting and Sculpture, Music, Literature, Poetry, Calligraphy, Theatre, Photography, Cinema, Television, Art History etc.  

Science and Catholic Culture

The Catholic Church firmly believes that between science and faith not only is there no opposition, but when the Christian faith is properly understood, it is a creator of culture and an inspiring source of science.  Through some of the most studied archaeological objects and topics by the scientists and scholars from all over the world, such as the Shroud of Turin and the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, this category explores the relations and influences between the Catholic cultures and contemporary science.  From the perspective of Catholic culture, Christianity, theology and philosophy, as well as the influence of cultural and social dynamics, it aims to explore the true meanings which human science cannot prove and are beyond the reach of scientific research.


Religious Cultural Exchange

Catholicism has been in Macau for over four hundred years and has always been an important base for the intersection of Chinese and Western cultures.  Macau is characterized by the coexistence and integration of multiple cultures, and multiple religious beliefs and cultural values.  

This "Religious Cultural Exchange" category is to encourage and promote the appreciation of the truth, goodness and beauty through various cultural exchanges in the fields of science, literature, art and history etc.  Through cultural interaction, the Catholic Church can establish friendly cultural exchanges and communion with the other religious communities.

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