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The Return of Francis, Assisi

The Return of Francis

A soldier frozen in worldly shame, a saint on the cusp of eternal glory.

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Jan 11, 2023
Eugune Kazimirowski's rendition of the Divine Mercy, completed in 1934

Divine Mercy Image

The Divine Mercy image is less known for its place in art history textbooks than it is for its inspiration: Jesus himself requested the image be painted and venerated.

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Jan 4, 2023
Raphael's "The Transfiguration"

Raphael's "The Transfiguration"

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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Dec 29, 2022
Giotto's "Nativity" from the Lower Church of the Basilica of Saint Francis in Assisi

Giotto's "Nativity" in Assisi

Giotto's realistic approach to painting breathed new life into the scenes he depicted, bringing a human element into stories from the life of Christ and the life of St. Francis of Assisi.

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Dec 14, 2022
The Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor

The Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor

Pilgrims have ascended Mount Tabor in southern Galilee for centuries to venerate the place where Peter, James, and John witnessed the Transfiguration of Christ.

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Oct 26, 2022
St. Peter's Baptismal Font

The Porphyry of St. Peter's Basilica

The precious stone of royalty and emperors in St. Peter's Basilica is found in two unexpected places: in the floor over which countless pilgrims walk and the base of the baptismal font.

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Sep 22, 2022
"The Calling of St. Matthew," by Caravaggio

Caravaggio's "The Calling of Saint Matthew"

Caravaggio's moving presentation of the call of St. Matthew the Apostle invites us to view our own call to discipleship in the light of Christ's merciful gaze.

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Jun 30, 2022
Metropolitan Cathedral of Saint Paul, Mdina, Malta

Cathedral of Saint Paul, Mdina

Standing above the location of the momentous meeting of Saints Paul and Publius, the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Mdina is the heart of the Church of the world's first Christian nation.

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May 26, 2022
Marie Ellenrieder's "Baptism of Lydia"

The Baptism of Lydia

One man's quiet obedience to the promptings of the Holy Spirit and one woman's open heart initiated the world-transforming spread of Christianity throughout the European continent.

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May 19, 2022
Charles Bridge spanning the Vltava River in Prague

Charles Bridge

Political power and its best and political power at its worst collide in an iconic symbol of endurance.

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May 12, 2022