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Homeless Jesus

Homeless Jesus sculpture

A bronze sculpture of a homeless Jesus sleeping on a bench by Canadian artist Timothy Schmalz has made its way to several cities, including this one recently unveiled in front of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago headquarters. Inspired by Matthew 25:40 (“Just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me”), the statues haven’t all been met with acceptance. The artist, who presented the original 5-foot model to Pope Francis last year, decided to do the piece after seeing a homeless person wrapped in a blanket in downtown Toronto. He created it to “bring awareness of the spiritual responsibility we have … toward helping [society’s] most marginalized.”


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