Urbi et Orbi Section: The Message of the Icon


The Trinitarian Icon The Trinity as depicted by Andrei Rublev is arguably the most famous and best-beloved icons of all time. Most iconographers would agree that no one has ever surpassed the unity of composition, the balance of color and the sheer spirituality of this image; there literally is nothing else quite like this portrayal […]

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The Message of the Icon: Extreme Humility

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One of the most powerful icons for the Lenten season is that depicting the King of Glory in His tomb, commonly called “Extreme Humility.” The grave is the great human equalizer, of course; princes and paupers alike must descend into death and experience the corruption of the flesh. An honest contemplation of the grave must […]

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Our Mother of Perpetual Help: Icon for the New Evangelization

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  “The greatest saints, those richest in grace and virtue, will be the most assiduous in praying to the most Blessed Virgin, looking up to her as the perfect model to imitate and as a powerful helper to assist them.” Saint Louis Marie de Montfort This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Icon of […]

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Pope Francis on crucified Christians in Syria

Syrian residents flee their homes following recent clashes between opposition fighters and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad (CNS photo).

“I wept when I saw reports on the news of Christians crucified in a certain country.” —Pope Francis, homily at morning Mass Friday, May 2, in the Domus Santa Marta chapel in the Vatican, where Francis lives. He was referring to the cruxifixion of two men in Syria by rebel forces.  Pope Francis gave a […]

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