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​Special statue associated with the pope stops in San Antonio

July 12, 2021 | posted by Today's Catholic newspaper

Topics: In the Press, Breaking News

Special statue associated with the pope stops in San Antonio

A piece of history is making its way across the United States, with the only stop in Texas being San Antonio. It was the second casting of the sculpture “Angels Unawares,” which was unveiled in the Vatican shortly before the pandemic.

The 6-meter-long, 12-meter-high and 3.8-ton replica was set down on June 9 in front of the headquarters of the Catholic Life Insurance Company on Loop 410. The statue was officially unveiled by Catholic Life Insurance President Michael Belz and the company’s Board of Directors on June 13 following a Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Michael Boulette and a flag raising ceremony.

The massive statue depicts a group of migrants on a boat wearing clothes that show they come from different cultures and historical moments.” In 2019, Pope Francis commissioned Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz to create and install the original bronze on St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican. For the first time in 400 years, a new sculpture was erected on St. Peter’s Square.

The sculpture derives its name from the New Testament, Hebrews 13: 2: “Do not fail to show hospitality to strangers, as some of them have unexpectedly entertained angels.”

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS, said, “This beautiful sculpture highlights immigration over a long period of time, but it is not a story of the past, it is also what is happening now. People continue to seek freedom and a better life for themselves and their families. San Antonio was built by people of diverse origins and people fleeing violence and persecution for freedom and peace. We have been blessed because we have answered Christ’s call to welcome the stranger. Our faith reminds us that we are a human family.”