Habemus Papam St. Francis of Assisi painted 1427

 St. Francis of Assisi (1181/2 -1226)

Fra Angelico (1395-1455); Italian; painted 1427.  Tempera and tooled gold on panel.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

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St. Francis; date unknown; Edward Warwick; American (1881 – 1973); woodcut; Woodmere Art Musuem, Philadelphia

And my view is that we are fortunate to know this luminous artistic tradition and that other tradition which originated in the West – Les Lumieres – equally luminous which has allowed us, beyond the reach of any orthodoxy, to choose what we believe and how we will try to live.

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