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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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Engraving of John Paul II closes off busy year at Vatican press office

2014-01-01

2013 was a historic year for the Church, and extremely busy for members of the press covering the Vatican. They all gathered at the Vatican Press Office to celebrate the Holidays and their efforts in the past year.

FR. FEDERICO LOMBARDI
Vatican Spokesperson
"I believe the Church is happy, that some many people around the world are happy, and so that's why we are also happy. The important thing is that the joy of the Gospel be present their hearts.”

The toast to a year's hard work began with the presentation of a bas-relief, an engraving of John Paul II at the entrance of the conference hall named after him.

IGNAZIO COLAGROSSI
Artist
"I sculpted the image in my own way, and I wanted the small child that hugs the Holy Father to be the disabled son of friends of mine.”

The John Paul II Hall got its name from the Pope who provided lots of news to journalists around the world, and because he revolutionized the way the Vatican communicates with the outside world.


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