Mary, untier of knots

Sculptor Timothy Schmalz has created another work of art specially commissioned by the Vatican, which Pope Francis unveiled during his visit to Alberta in Canada last week entitled ‘Mary, Untier of Knots.’ THe sculpture has been gifted to the indigenous people.

Following Pope Francis’ prayer service at Lac St Anne in Alberta on 26 July, he unveiled and blessed the life-size sculpture.  “It’s a sculpture of Mary untying a knot around the world, and, in a sense, that’s what Pope Francis is coming here to do,” Schmalz explained.

The statue has an interactive component to it as well. Orange ribbon, the colour that represents Indigenous people and residential schools, was placed around the globe Mary is standing over. It allows people to tie or untie their own knots.

APT is immensely grateful to Timothy Schmalz for his generosity in participating in the creation of APT’s anti-human-trafficking awareness-raising education programme, which is again available free of charge to all post-primary schools in Ireland, for the next academic year. The target audience are 5th year and TY students.

Comprising a series of five recordings from experts in their respective fields working to prevent and counter human trafficking, the programme has been favourbly received by the schools participating in the pilot programme during the past academic year.

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