Photo by Gudrun Kollegger



In the middle of the altar
behind and above
is a Chinese center.
Must be a coincidence.
The Middle Kingdom.
Probably some kind of cross.
It’s a big church.
Maybe they even thought of
the big one in Istanbul
where Christianity started
to matter in a very big way
with the first Christian emperor.
Until they destroyed it,
the crusaders
when they sacked
the Eastern beacon
of Christendom.
I wonder what they thought
when they built this big church
in the 19th century
in this worker’s district.
a conference begins
in the Vatican
about rape
and other sexual crimes
perpetrated by priests.
I guess there is hope
right there in the middle.
Let us pray.

MW February 2019


Photo by Gudrun Kollegger




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