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A sculpture that was rejected by St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City and St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto has finally found a home after being blessed by Pope Francis last month.
Sculptor Timothy Schmalz brought the sculpture to Rome in late November, and the piece of art was blessed by Pope Francis at his weekly general audience. Catholic News Service reports:
The pontiff touched the knee of the sculpture and prayed for a few moments. Afterward, he told Schmalz he thought the sculpture was a “beautiful piece of art.”
The sculpture will soon have a home near the Vatican, with plans to place it outside the Vatican Radio offices, near the Tiber River. A replica of the sculpture was also installed last week, outside the Catholic Charities offices in Chicago.
Schmalz said of his work:
“I can imagine some people walking on a city street, walking by thinking it’s another homeless person, and then they’ll realize it’s actually a representation of Jesus. They will have that moment of reflection.”
For more, read the full article at Catholic News Service.
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Pope Francis celebrated his 77th birthday today with a simple celebration at Casa Santa Marta, the Vatican guesthouse where he has lived since being elected pope. He invited the staff and residents of Casa Santa Marta to join him for morning Mass, followed by breakfast at the residence.
After Mass, Pope Francis greeted everyone in attendance, and the Papal Almoner, Msgr. Konral Krajewski, presented four homeless men whom he invited to the celebration. All in attendance sang a birthday song to the Holy Father before heading to breakfast together. The Vatican said the meal had a “family-like” atmosphere.
To honor Pope Francis on his birthday, the Vatican released a digital card, with more than 30 photos accompanied by quotes from the Holy Father. The card can be viewed at the Vatican web site.
For more on the celebrations taking place to honor Pope Francis on his birthday, read the full article at Catholic News Agency.
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Pope Francis’ 77th birthday is December 17 (tomorrow!), and if you’d like to send him a birthday greeting, several groups are collecting letters and pictures to send to the pope on his birthday. The Vatican is also gathering video messages through Vine and Instagram that you can send through the Vatican web site Pope2you.
The one thing Pope Francis always asks for is prayers, so on his birthday The Papaboys Association is asking the faithful around the world to participate in a “prayer marathon” starting at midnight tonight and running until midnight tomorrow, during which there will be continuous prayer for Pope Francis.
If you’d prefer to send a card or letter, you can find the Holy Father’s mailing address and more ways to honor him on his birthday over at the Catholic News Service Blog.