Loading
Pope blesses statue of St. Josemaria Escriva
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- At the conclusion of his general audience today at St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed his blessing upon a statue of St. Josemaria Escriva, founder of Opus Dei, which has recently found a home in a niche outside of St. Peter's Basilica.

The marble statue, which is about five meters high, was placed on the external wall of the left transept of the basilica, which is known as the arm of St. Joseph. It is near the entrance to the sacristy.

The late John Paul II, who canonized St. Josemaria in October of 2002, allocated the niches in this area of the basilica specifically for sculptures of saints and of founders of religious orders.

The statue of St. Josemaria was created by the Italian sculptor Romano Cosci and is now at home alongside other statues of similar dimensions. Among them are those of St. Gregory the Illuminator, apostle of Armenia, of the Carmelite St. Teresa of Jesus of the Andes, and of St. Marcellin Champagnat, founder of the Marist Brothers. Cosci spent about a year on the statue which now joins some 150 others around the massive Basilica.

Before Pope Benedict arrived to give the blessing, moving speeches were given by Bishop Javier Echeverria, prelate of Opus Dei, Cardinal Francesco Marchisano, archpriest of the Vatican Basilica, and Romano Cosci, the statue's sculptor. The speeches were separated with hymns sung by the "Cappella Giulia" Choir led by Msgr. Pablo Colino.

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages

RESOURCES »

Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea
The tombs of the early Christians
Missionaries of Africa, called "the White Fathers"
Italian youth give testimony after mission to Peru
Nov
20

Liturgical Calendar

November 20, 2014

Thursday of the Thirty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Lk 19:41-44

Gospel
Date
11/20/14
11/19/14
11/18/14

Daily Readings


First Reading:: Rev 5: 1-10
Gospel:: Lk 19: 41-44

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »

Saint
Date
11/20/14

Homily of the Day

Lk 19:41-44

Homily
Date
11/20/14
11/19/14
11/18/14