The Church of Ireland and Catholic Archbishops of Dublin will together bless the ‘Homeless Jesus’
sculpture which is to be located in the grounds of Christ Church Cathedral,
Dublin. Archbishop Michael Jackson and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will bless the sculpture on Friday May 1 at 3.00 pm at a special service in the cathedral in the presence of Dean Dermot Dunne and the cathedral choir, followed by the official unveiling.
Casts of the much talked about sculpture (pictured) have been installed in cities in North America, Canada and Europe. Following a competition among prospective Dublin sites, Christ Church Cathedral was chosen to be the location by Tim Schmalz. The 7ft–wide bronze sculpture depicts a park bench with a faceless cloaked figure lying on it. Passers–by realise that the sculpture depicts Jesus only when they notice the holes in the feet.
Canadian based Schmalz, who will be in attendance, is a devout Catholic and Homeless Jesus has been blessed by the Pope. He does not see religion as a barrier. “I am delighted that the sculpture is going in the spiritual heart of Dublin, which is Christ Church,” says Schmalz. “When I met the Dean, I saw in his eyes instantly that he was …read more