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Parish decorates its columns with comics

The scene of St. Martin, a Roman soldier, giving his cloak to a beggar is one of the most iconic around the world. He is one of the most popular saints in the Church. So much so, in fact, that in order to teach his story to children, an Italian parish decided to cover its columns with comic book drawings, depicting the life of the stain. MABEL MORRI Comic book artist "Children were very pleased with these images. They began asking questions about what they meant, because they didn't know the story. So we placed these descriptions next to the columns, so that people who don't know the story of St. Martin, and we found out there are many, can read about what these 60 pieces mean.� Mabel is a comic book artist. She said she was surprised when they asked her to carry out this project. However, looking at people's reactions, she's very satisfied she did it. MABEL MORRI Comic book artist "We're going back to our roots because comics arose from within the Church, with the frescoes. We're doing something that was done in centuries past, in art history.� The end result of what happened inside those churches long ago, was evangelizing. With simple designs and vivid colors, the story of this saint comes to life once again, visible to anyone who visits the Church. But, few can match the Pope's zeal to talk about St. Martin. After all, he always has this saint's medallion ready for world leaders that visit him to the Vatican. JRB/RCA Mabel Morri VM -PR Up: MAE