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    Queen of Peace

    In the Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome, Mary, Queen of Peace, is depicted beckoning out to the world, "Basta! Enough! Stop the violence and war!"

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The Return of Francis, Assisi

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Eugune Kazimirowski's rendition of the Divine Mercy, completed in 1934

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Raphael's "The Transfiguration"

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In "The Transfiguration," Raphael interweaves the glory of Christ made manifest in the Transfiguration, the suffering of humanity shown in a young demoniac, and the intercessory role of the Church.

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The Franciscan Sanctuary of Greccio

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Situated in the forested Sabine Hills between Rome and Assisi, the little town of Greccio holds a special place in the Franciscan tradition and is the birthplace of a common Christmas practice.

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Giotto's "Nativity" from the Lower Church of the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi

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Fra Angelico's "Annunciation"

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In the fourth chapter of "Letters to a Young Catholic," Weigel explores the Benedictine Abbey of the Dormition in Jerusalem to reflect upon Mary's unhesitating "fiat" to the will of God.

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Leonardo Da Vinci's "St. John the Baptist"

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Da Vinci portrays a youthful Baptist, leaning into the light to invite the viewer's gaze to heaven.

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Michelangelo's "Pieta"

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The Vatican Obelisk and St. Peter's Square from the Dome of St. Peter's Basilica

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