This stone, etched with the Pope's emblem, now hangs inside the Vatican's Publishing House. It was created by a well known artist from Malta named Charles Azzopardi.
said Msgr. Giuseppe Costa, Director of Vatican's Publishing House.
The stone is 55 centimeters wide and it's 74 long. Surrounding it are some of Pope's books and encyclicals. There are also several pictures that showcase special moments he had, as he traveled abroad.
Books by other authors are also showcased. More than the books, the stone symbolizes the power of sharing information, knowledge and theology.
Msgr. Giuseppe Scotti
Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger
“These books and the writings of the Pope bring about something that goes beyond books. They bring a true formation, which is what we're promoting with the Joseph Ratzinger Foundation.”
Msgr. Giuseppe Costa
Vatican's Publishing House, Director.
“It's a way to highlight some of the main works and authors we have here at the Vatican's Publishing House which really is the Pope's Publishing House.”
The artist agreed to making the etched limestone at the request of Malta's Apostolic Nuncio, Msgr. Tommaso Caputo.