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Holy See/ 8.4 Amateur arts, cultural associations and civil initiatives  

8.4.2 Cultural houses and community cultural clubs

The Pontifical Council for Culture has carried out a census of Catholic Cultural Centres throughout the world. The wealth and variety of the institutions listed under the title "Catholic Cultural Centre" can be seen not only in the range of titles (cultural centres or circles, academies, university institutions, training colleges) and their particular fields (theological, scientific, educational, artistic, etc.), but also in their activities (conferences, debates, courses, seminars, publications, libraries, cultural displays, exhibitions, etc.), together with their particular orientation (values, cultural trends, intercultural and interreligious dialogue, sciences, arts, etc.). As centres where faith and culture can meet, they reflect the variety of situations found in each country. They may be Church institutions (parish, diocese, bishops' conference, religious order or other Church structures) or private initiatives of Catholics in communion with the Universal Church. Despite their wide variety, they share the same concern for the meeting of faith and culture through living dialogue, scientific research and in-depth training.

A register of Catholic Cultural Centres was started in 1995, logging a regular increase of about 1.2% each year in the number of applications received by the Pontifical Council for Culture to be included in the updated international yearbook. The fourth edition (Vatican 2005) of this Guide registers 1 300 Centres.

Chapter published: 26-11-2009

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