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.”
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