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28 Freya with Monsignor Regan and the mosaic

Scottish priest at Vatican honoured by artist

The first Scot to become Major Canon of St Peter’s Basilica in Rome is to be presented with a mosaic created by Edinburgh artist Freya Levy.

Mgr Charles Burns (below with Pope Benedict XVI) of Paisley Diocese, who is the Ecclesiastical advisor to the British Embassy to the Holy See and a former archivist in the Vatican Secret Archives, will be given the work by Mgr Michael Regan (above right) of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh.

The mosaic depicts a cockerel, the symbol of St Peter, hence also of the Vatican Basilica of St Peter’s in Rome.

Ms Levy (above right), the artist, said she ‘didn’t have any Biblical connotations in mind when I created this piece’ but that she was ‘truly honoured and excited that it is destined for the Vatican.’

The artist works in a range of different media and is particularly inspired by animals, which feature widely in her mosaic exhibitions. Her current exhibition is on show at the Glass and Thompson Cafe in Edinburgh until Sunday June 15 2014.

This gift echoes a similar presentation 45 years ago, when a relic of St Andrew was given by Pope Paul VI to the newly created Scottish Cardinal Gordon Joseph Gray, in St Peter’s Rome in 1969, with the words ‘Peter greets his brother Andrew.’ Cardinal Gray was the first Scottish cardinal in four hundred years.




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