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Cabrini shrine to host saintly art showcase

The National Shrine to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (2520 N. Lakeview Ave., Chicago) will host an art exhibit in September and October featuring the work of multimedia artist Meo Carbone.

The first American citizen to become a saint, Frances Xavier Cabrini founded 67 institutions in 16 countries in support of Italian immigrants. “Carbone was fascinated by the story of Mother Cabrini’s dream to uplift her compatriots,” Florence Sorensen writes. “His paintings of immigrant faces express a wide range of emotions, from fear and anxiety to determination and courage. Within these paintings are also images of Mother Cabrini: the advocate, the comforter, the source of hope for each of them.”

According to Dominic Candeloro, “Meo’s work sends a timely message to a world that is increasingly intolerant of the kind of people that Mother Cabrini cherished.”


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