‘I will die’: A ‘santini’ statue that could ‘change the world’
A “santinius” statue, a Roman sculpture depicting Jesus Christ, is set to be installed at the Vatican next month, the pontiff said Wednesday.
“I will live, but not forever,” the pope said, adding that he would “die but not too soon.”
“If I die tomorrow, I will be with you forever.
And you will be my children, my grandchildren,” he said.
A “Santini” sculpture by artist Alberto Santini will be unveiled next month in a Vatican ceremony marking the Vatican’s 50th anniversary of its founding.
Santini’s “Santo-Trucito” was one of two statues of Christ created in the 15th century by Italian sculptor Giovanni Santini, a Catholic priest who had a love of animals.
Santinius, a “Sante” sculpture, is designed to be more like a statue of Christ than a “santa,” the other, a statue in the likeness of Pope Benedict XVI.
Santilli’s work is meant to evoke “the glory of Christ,” according to the Vatican, which said Santini would also “offer a vision of hope” for the future.