Zelenskyy Gives Highly Repulsive 'Gift' to Pope Francis - This Should Offend Every Christian
By Warner Todd Huston
May 18, 2023 at 12:25pm
Ukraines president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, met with Pope Francis last week, but now we are learning of the dubious gift the wartime leader bestowed on the pontiff, and it is one that many Catholics have found to be extremely insulting.
Zelenskyy met with Pope Francis on May 13 and, as is the common practice, the two exchanged gifts that they hoped would be meaningful one to another. For his part, the pope gave the Ukrainian leader a bronze olive branch as a symbol of the peace he hopes will soon return to the people of Ukraine, Catholic Courier reported Monday.
Zelenskyy also had a gift to deliver. The Ukrainian president reportedly gave the pope a painting entitled Loss 2022-58 which is fashioned after a religious icon image of the Virgin Mary holding an infant Christ in her arms.
As Catholic Courier describes it, The work commemorates the 243 children who died in the first 58 days of Russias full-scale invasion Feb. 24, 2022, which continued attacks launched by Russia in 2014.
But that description fails to really encapsulate this gift.
What it actually shows is an unflattering image of Mary holding an entirely blacked-out baby Jesus.
The Union of Orthodox Journalists had a bit more informative description: The image is called Loss of 2022-58, its author is Ukrainian artist Oleksiy Revika, reports the Ukrayina Moloda resource. Despite the fact that journalists call Revikas work a painting, it is very reminiscent of a parody of the Iberian Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Indeed, parody seems to be the least of it. Many are calling it outright offensive.
Video podcaster Dr. Taylor Marshall, who has a very large Catholic following, was entirely insulted by Zelenskyys icon painting.
Lets just look at the Blessed Mother and how shes depicted here. Its not flattering, its not good, this is not quality. Im offended by it
and Jesus is blacked out, hes gone. This is highly offensive to the pope, this is highly offensive to all Catholics, its highly offensive to all Christians. Zelenskyy is Jewish. And this is a [he motioned a slap to his face] to the followers of Jesus Christ, Marshall said at the start of his Wednesday podcast.
Many Twitter users agree with Dr. Marshall and said they feel that the hideous painting is an insult to Catholics.
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Being raised as Roamn Catholic I find Zelenskyy's gift to Pope Francis to be repulsive and insulting.