Vatican - Pope Francis inaugurates monument to the Migrant

30 September 2019
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Vatican City, Vatican - September 2019 - On 29 September, on the occasion of the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, Pope Francis, at the end of the Mass, reiterated the meaning of the celebrated Eucharist, renewing not only closeness but concrete attention of the Church for the different categories of vulnerable people. After the recital of the Angelus and the long Popemobile tour, the Holy Father inaugurated the sculpture entitled "Angel Unawares", created by the Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz, thanks to the suggestion of Father Michael Czerny, Undersecretary of the Migrants Section and Refugees from the Department for the Integral Human Development Service. Pope Francis explained why he wanted the sculpture in the middle of the square, the center of Christianity “This sculpture, in bronze and clay, depicts a group of migrants of various cultures and different historical periods. I wanted this artistic work here in Piazza San Pietro, so that you can remind everyone of the evangelical challenge of hospitality.”


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