Not by bread alone
The Holy See has presented the concept for its pavilion for Expo 2015, based on Christ’s words as reported in St Matthew’s gospel: “Not by bread alone does man live, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
This has inspired the theme of the pavilion, “Not by bread alone. At the Lord’s table with all Mankind.”
This is the message the Holy See intends to express with its participation in the world exposition: food as a primary value for mankind, forever the subject of rituals, symbols, stories, calendars and rules, and also a tool for understanding one’s identity and building relationships with the world, the Creation, time and history. In this way, the Vatican will adhere to the Expo slogan, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”.
In its concept statement, the Holy See says it aims to focus visitors' attention on the strong symbolic relevance of feeding, and on its potential for anthropological development. Its potential is deeply social and collective, yet unfortunately, is often interpreted negatively as a reprimand for neglect and injustice. Food is therefore not only portrayed as nourishment of the body, it points out, but as a gesture of nurturing, a meal and a convivium: a moment of encounter and communion, education and growth. This sharply contrasts with the "culture of waste," which increasingly influences today’s society, fuelling the terrible hardships of injustice and poverty.
Through its pavilion, spread over a total area of 747 square meters, the Holy See will offer its visitors a space for reflection on issues that persist today, related to food and access to food. Such issues highlight how the act of offering food is at the heart of Christian experience and its cultural and spiritual history.