Canadian artist’s sculpture of refugees unveiled by Pope Francis in Vatican City

VATICAN CITY — A Canadian artist’s sculpture has been unveiled in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Francis as part of a Mass for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees.

The work in bronze and clay by Kitchener, Ont.-based Timothy Schmalz depicts more than a hundred migrants and refugees from different cultural and racial backgrounds and different time periods.

Pope Francis said the he wanted the piece in St. Peter’s Square to remind everyone of the evangelical challenge of hospitality.

Schmalz, who travelled to the Vatican City for the unveiling, said he wanted the statue to bring forward the idea that everyone is sacred and worthy of human dignity and respect.

Many migrants and refugees from conflicts throughout the world attended the Mass, which closed with the unveiling of the statue.

During the Mass, a multiethnic chorus sang and the incense burned came from a refugee camp in southern Ethiopia, where refugees are rekindling a 600-year-old tradition of collecting incense.

Just Posted

Swedish activist Greta Thunberg in Edmonton for climate rally; counter-rally planned

EDMONTON — Albertans are planning to hit Edmonton’s streets today to support… Continue reading

Facebook CEO defends refusal to take down some content

WASHINGTON — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the social media… Continue reading

Deep-sea explorers seek out sunken World War II ships

Deep-sea explorers scouring the world’s oceans for sunken World War II ships… Continue reading

Fewer than 850 irregular border crossers deported, hundreds more in limbo

Multiple options for appeals, diplomatic difficulties and changing global conditions mean only… Continue reading

Rural crime tour hits Sylvan Lake

About 60 people showed up to voice concerns about state of crime and punishment in Alberta

Your community calendar

Wednesday Red Deer River Naturalists Flower Focus Group Meeting. When: Oct. 16… Continue reading

Meet the candidates running in Red Deer-Lacombe

Each of the candidates running in the Red Deer-Lacombe riding were invited… Continue reading

FIFA claims 82M TV audience for Women’s World Cup final

ZURICH — FIFA research says the Women’s World Cup final drew an… Continue reading

Basketball fans welcome former Raptor Kawhi Leonard back to Vancouver

VANCOUVER — Kawhi Leonard had a tough night on the court Thursday,… Continue reading

CBS signs Stephen Colbert to 3-year extension

NEW YORK — Stephen Colbert will be sticking around for four more… Continue reading

Country artists bring tears, prayers to CMT awards show

NASHVILLE — Country music artists cried together and prayed together at an… Continue reading

Kawhi back in Canada, NBA GMs think he’ll go back to finals

Kawhi Leonard was back in Canada, where last season he won a… Continue reading

Saskatchewan Roughriders aim to bring home energy on the road to B.C. Lions

VANCOUVER — The Saskatchewan Roughriders are hoping they can bring the spirit… Continue reading

Most Read