This is a video about "The Mystery of the Little Pond," a children's book about Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, which was published last year. From what I have read, the book is based on Pope Emeritus Benedict's love of some of God's littlest creations, the pond fish he used to feed Castel Gandolfo.
|Italian copy of Tsarkova's book...her painting style is just BEAUTIFUL|
Yes, the video is about a year old...but it is SO CUTE! It shows Pope Emeritus Benedict petting a koala, a lion, and a variety of animals. The artwork and story are by one of my new favorite artists, Natalia Tsarkova, a very talented artist who has been a bit of a resident portrait painter at the Vatican. If you follow me on Twitter, I recently posted about her. I simply fell in love with the manner in which she painted Bl. Pope JPII and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI. I am not sure what the status is for Pope Francis's portrait...but I hope they stick with her.
*I am not sure if there is an English version of this book....but if anyone out there finds it, please let me know!! Thanks!