Pope Francis said, on Thursday, that the Catholic Church's valuable cultural heritage must be "at the service of the poor" and that its eventual sale can not be seen as a "scandal."
The statements are in a message to participants in a conference on the management of ecclesiastical cultural assets and the sale of places of worship by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Italian Episcopal Conference (CIS).
"The cultural assets are directed to charitable events developed by the ecclesiastical community. The duty of caretaker of the Church's assets, and in particular of the cultural assets, does not have an absolute value. But, in case of necessity, they must serve humanity's greater good and especially be at the service of the poor," the Pope said.
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