On May 10, during an event at the United Nations entitled “An Evening with Raphael” sponsored by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations in collaboration with the New York Chapter of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museum, Archbishop Bernardito Auza spoke of the importance of beauty in the formation of a culture without which the lofty UN goals of advancing peace, fostering sustainable development and protecting and advancing human dignity and rights cannot be achieved. “Beauty, he stated, "has the ability to unlock the deepest yearnings of our heart and to open our eyes to perceive the inmost reality of the person and the world around us. Beauty also has the capacity to unite people across generations and continents in shared admiration, establishing a transcendent common good that can be the foundation for future conversation, cooperation and even contemplation. That is why the promotion of beauty must always remain a crucial part of the work of the nations of the world.”
His statement can be found here.