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Philippine President Aquino Gives The Pope A Sculpture of Our Lady-Undoer Of The Knots

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President Aquino gave Pope Francis a sculpture of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots—the Pope’s favored Marian devotion.

January, 2015 – President Aquino presents his gift to Pope Francis, a wooden sculpture of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, by Fred Baldemor, during welcoming ceremonies held in Malacañan Palace to honor the visiting pontiff.

In the 1980s, Pope Francis, encountered the devotion of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, in the Church of St. Peter am Perlach in Augsburg, Germany. Housed in the church was a painting depicting Mary in Heaven, untying a large knot, crushing the head of a serpent with her foot while surrounded by angels.

This came to be the Pope’s favored Marian devotion. As Archbishop of Buenos Aires, he actively encouraged this devotion, and it subsequently gained considerable popularity in Argentina and Brazil.

As Pope, he has used the symbol of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, in his explanations of matters of faith.

This excerpt is from the catechesis the Pope made for a Marian prayer vigil on Vatican Radio: “Mary, whose ‘yes’ opened the door for God to undo the knot of the ancient disobedience, is the Mother who patiently and lovingly brings us to God, so that he can untangle the knots of our soul by his fatherly mercy.”

For this reason, the Social Office of Malacañan Palace, with the approval of the President, has chosen to give Pope Francis a sculpture of Our Lady, Undoer of Knots, hand-carved by Fred Baldemor, a multi-awarded sculptor who specializes in wood, stone, and bronze casting.

It was carved from a piece of wood from a century-old acacia tree, located in Malacañan Palace, that fell during Typhoon Glenda. Baldemor’s work has been exhibited in more than 35 countries.

Over his career, he has been granted an artist’s residence in the International Art Village in Tokyo and was the representative of the Philippines in the Havana Biennale in Cuba in the 1980s.

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