turned down by Toronto's St. Michael's Cathedral and New York City's St. Patrick's Cathedral.Jesus the Homeless was
After two years of looking for a home, an Ontario man's sculpture of a life-sized Jesus sleeping on a park bench finally has a place to rest: the Vatican.
"I created a figure, almost completely wrapped in a sleeping bag, or a thick, old, rough blanket, and the only thing that's visible is his feet with the wounds from being on the Cross," Timothy Schmalz, 44, an artist from St. Jacobs, Ont., told Vatican Radio.
Last Wednesday, Schmalz brought the original 2.5-metre-long wooden model of his Jesus the Homeless sculpture to St. Peter's Square to present it to Pope Francis.
The Pope liked what he saw.
"He named himself Francis," pointed out Schmalz. "St. Francis was a beggar."
After his weekly general audience, Pope Francis prayed over the statue and blessed it.
"It is very, very amazing for a sculptor to have that," Schmalz, a devout Catholic, told the Toronto Star. "After, theRead More »from Ontario man’s Jesus sculpture gets a big fan: Pope Francis