Here are some shots of the statue “Angels Unawares” that was unveiled earlier in St. Peter’s Square by Pope Francis after celebrating an outdoor Mass commemorating the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. pic.twitter.com/uqGGurGuWA
— Junno Arocho Esteves (@arochoju) September 29, 2019
via the NY Times:
Pope Francis has always urged compassion and charity toward the refugees of the world. But on Sunday, during a special Mass on the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, he unveiled a monument to migration in St. Peter’s Square as a homage to the displaced.
The work, “Angels Unaware,” by the Canadian artist Timothy P. Schmalz, depicts 140 migrants and refugees from various historical periods traveling on a boat, and includes indigenous people, the Virgin Mary and Joseph, Jews fleeing Nazi Germany and those from war-torn countries…..
Francis said the statue had been inspired by a passage in “Letter to the Hebrews,” from the New Testament: “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.”