Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The Burn of Memory

Here’s a new medium for a recognizable face, or in this case form, to appear in: fire. According to this report from the UK’s Telegraph, that is a visual manifestation of Pope John Paul II. The bonfire was lit on April 2 in Beskid Zywiecki, Poland not far from the pontiff’s birthplace of Wadowice. Hundreds gathered to commemorate the second anniversary of this Pope’s death.

Gregorz Lukasik shot this photograph, but only realized the resemblance after looking at the prints. In his words: "I was so happy with the picture that I showed it to our local bishop who said that Pope John Paul had made many pilgrimages during his life and he was still making them in death."

Apparently an Italian website featuring this image crashed because of all the web traffic it attracted. Maybe some of those folks will come here and check out Madonna of the Toast, where the pilgrimages come to you!

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