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Artist Niké Arrighi Borghese, whose artwork is featured in <i>The Faces of Mercy</i>.
Artist Niké Arrighi Borghese, whose artwork is featured in The Faces of Mercy.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, a group of Australian Catholic artists has collaborated to create a performance entitled The Faces of Mercy.

The Faces of Mercy combines music by composer George Palmer, a collection of poetry by Kevin Brophy, a triptych of artwork by Niké Arrighi Borghese, and additional text based on the writings of Pope Francis and the psalms by Professor Clare Johnson in collaboration with the production’s director/producer Michael Campbell.

Former Australian Ambassador to the Holy See John McCarthy initiated the project.

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“Years of Jubilee have, over the centuries, inspired sacred works in various forms from the talents and visions of artists. I became determined to witness a reflection of the great notion of God’s mercy in the work of exceptionally accomplished and talented Australians,” he said.

The theme of mercy resounds throughout the preaching, prayer and prose of Pope Francis. The Faces of Mercy employs texts and ideas drawn from the pope’s writings and echoes his call to contemplate the mystery of mercy.

ACU Vice Chancellor and President Professor Greg Craven said the performance was a fitting example of collaboration to celebrate the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy.

“The Catholic Church has a centuries-long patronage of the arts. The collection of works is a tremendous embodiment of this tradition,” Professor Craven said.

Performers include soprano Amelia Farrugia, poet Kevin Brophy, a clarinet and string quartet featuring soloists of the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, and organ and choir from St Mary’s Cathedral.

The Faces of Mercy – Sunday, 23 October from 3pm at The Crypt, St Mary’s Cathedral. Email [email protected] by 20 October to register.

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