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Toronto art show features bullet-riddled image of Pope

Catholic World News - January 20, 2011

A Toronto art gallery is planning an exhibit of provocative works that includes a picture of a seated Pope Benedict XVI, riddled with bullet holes.

The exhibit entitled "Persona Non Grata- The Veil of History," by artist Peter Alexander Por, is due to open at the Bezpala Brown Gallery on February 5. Publicity from the gallery said that the image of the Pope is "a less than subtle expression of the hurt and anger directed at a pontiff and an institution that has abandoned its flock, choosing to focus on dogma while its subjects suffer and, in many instances, die from its archaic policies."

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  • Posted by: voxfem - Jan. 20, 2011 10:34 PM ET USA

    The Pope is figuratively riddled with bullet holes from those who want him out of their lives and consciences so they can do what they want with no restraint.

  • Posted by: bnewman - Jan. 20, 2011 9:55 PM ET USA

    The art shown in Toronto seems to be really into violence as artistic expression. I wonder how far this goes. What about all the discussion after Tuscon....or does that only apply to those wicked Tea- party Americans?

  • Posted by: Obregon - Jan. 20, 2011 9:06 PM ET USA

    It's amazing, just amazing, these people are showing their hate for the Church and the Holy Father and instead of admitting their expression of hate, they call it art.

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