[NEWS] Pope blesses a grotto adorned with 100K knots and inspired by 'Mary, Undoer of Knots' painting | Project HOME

[NEWS] Pope blesses a grotto adorned with 100K knots and inspired by 'Mary, Undoer of Knots' painting

 

From the Associated Press, via the Star Tribune

Pope Francis made an unannounced stop Sunday to bless an art installation, a grotto adorned with 110,000 knots, each representing a personal hardship or societal challenge.

The work was inspired by one of his favorite paintings, "Mary, Undoer of Knots." It shows Mary untangling a long ribbon — a symbol of smoothing life's difficulties.

The painting hangs in a church in Augsburg, Germany, where then-Rev. Jorge Mario Bergoglio saw it while studying in the mid-1980s. Deeply touched, the future pope brought copies back to Argentina, where a huge devotion grew and spread to neighboring Brazil and beyond. Its title can also be translated as "Mary, Untier of Knots."