I be­lieve in An­gels, Vat­i­can pri­est says, but mi­nus wings

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ROME: An­gels ex­ist, but do not have wings.

They are more like shards of light, ac­cord­ing to a top Catholic Church “an­gelol­o­gist”, who says the heavenly be­ings are now back in vogue thanks to New Age re­li­gions.

“I think there is a re-dis­cov­ery of an­gels in Chris­tian­ity,” Fa­ther Renzo La­va­tori said on the side­lines of a con­fer­ence on an­gels in a lav­ish­lyfres­coed Re­nais­sance palace in Rome.

“You do not see an­gels so much as feel their pres­ence,” said La­va­tori, adding: “They are a bit like sun­light that re­fracts on you through a crys­tal vase.”

The cler­gy­man was tak­ing part in a de­bate on an­gelic art by the Fon­dazione Archivio Storico or­gan­ised in the Vat­i­can-owned Palazzo della Can­cel­le­ria.

He said the pop­u­larised im­age of an­gels was a nec­es­sary re­sult of their be­ing “back in fash­ion”, but he was dismissive of all the an­gel art around Christ­mas.

“There is space for that, but you have to un­der­stand that th­ese are not real rep­re­sen­ta­tions. An­gels do not have wings or look like cherubs,” he said.

The widely- pub­lished Catholic cler­gy­man is also a “de­mo­nolo­gist”, and says an­gels are more needed than ever be­cause in­creas­ing sec­u­lar­i­sa­tion and ma­te­ri­al­ism in so­ci­ety have left an “open door” for the devil.

“There is a lot more in­ter­fer­ence from di­a­bol­i­cal forces. That is why you see queues of peo­ple out­side the ex­or­cists’ of­fices in churches,” he said.

“Pope Fran­cis talks more about the devil than about an­gels, and I think rightly so. But it’s still early, he will get round to the an­gels too.” – Sapa-AFP

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