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Holy See/ 2. General objectives and principles of cultural policy  

2.2 National definition of culture

The Holy See bases its definition of culture on the Second Vatican Council: "The word culture in its general sense indicates everything whereby man develops and perfects his many bodily and spiritual qualities; he strives by his knowledge and his labour to bring the world itself under his control. He renders social life more human both in the family and the civic community, through improvement of customs and institutions. Throughout the course of time, he expresses, communicates and conserves in his works, great spiritual experiences and desires, that they might be of advantage to the progress of many, even of the whole human family" (Second Vatican Council, Gaudium et spes, 53).

Chapter published: 26-11-2009

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