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Feature News | Wednesday, February 10, 2021

'Angels Unawares' sculpture on display in Miami

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MIAMI | A traveling bronze, life-sized sculpture entitled “Angels Unawares” is now on display at Miami’s Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., until April 8.

Pope Francis unveiled the original sculpture, created by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz, in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 29, 2019, the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

Like the original, the replica weighs 3.5 tons and is 20-feet long. It features indigenous people, Jews fleeing Nazi Germany, Joseph, Mary and Jesus, people from war-torn countries, and Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini, patroness of immigrants, among many others. Above the 140 refugees crowded on the raft are the wings of an angel, a reference to the sculpture’s name and to the New Testament’s Hebrews 13:2: “Do not neglect hospitality, for through it some have unknowingly entertained angels unawares.”

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Katy Dunn - 03/04/2021 06:42 PM
Thank you Archbishop for bringing the “Angels unawares” statue to Miami. We saw it last weekend and I have suggested to everyone to read the article in the Florida Catholic and take a family trip down to see it It is so beautiful and inspiring.

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