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Knotted Grotto


From the Global Sisters Report

If the Vatican were looking for someone who models the kind of church Pope Francis envisions, it would be difficult to do better than Mercy Sr. Mary Scullion, a North Philadelphia icon, founder of Project HOME and fierce, if jovial, advocate for the city’s poor and homeless for the past 40 years.

From the Catholic News Service

In front of Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul stands a visible representation of Pope Francis’ favorite religious image: “Mary, Undoer of Knots.”

The “Knotted Grotto” is a dome-shaped lattice-work frame that stands about 10 feet high with an approximately 20-foot circumference and features tens of thousands of white ribbons knotted into a lattice structure.


Via 6ABC

Next month's visit by Pope Francis to Philadelphia is sure to leave a lasting impact on the city, and anyone who gets to see him. But when he leaves, one reminder of the pope's presence here will stand out above the rest... literally.

20 feet wide and 13 feet tall, the work of art will be on display for the world to see. But there's also hope that it will catch the eye of Pope Francis.


Via the Philadelphia Inquirer

The anonymous messages ranged from the universal - "World Peace! World Peace! World Peace!" - to the deeply personal:

"Prayers for my son having a liver transplant."

"I pray that I will be able to fully accept my son's homosexuality."

And: "Grieving the loss of my dear husband of 37 years."


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