“Christ the king"  statue , poland 2010

this is the tallest statue of Jesus in the world (36m) , its 6 meters taller than the worldfamous "Cristo Redentor” statue in rio de janeiro .The location in the polish countryside adds the special eastern european flavour…I love it !

We illustrate the indebtedness of our center to both St. Thomas Aquinas and Blessed John Newman in the stained glass window above the high altar. It’s the largest stained glass window installed in a Catholic Church in 100 years. It was built in Munich by Franz Mayer & Company. Measuring 20x24 feet, it pictures Christ on the heavenly throne surrounded by angels and saints that have to do with either learning or working with youth. To his right is St. Thomas, the Angelic doctor and great teacher of the faith, and to his left is Blessed John Henry Newman, who is the patron of Newman Centers, Catholic campus ministries and the apostolate to college students. The window also includes St. Albert the Great (not pictured), a teacher of St. Thomas renowned in his own right for his contributions to philosophy and theology, and St. John Paul II, a great icon for the youth. The window also shows Blessed Giorgio Frassati and St. Therese of the Little Flower. All these figures in the window depict something related to young people, to the teaching or evangelizing of the youth.”
– Bishop James D. Conley, Bishop of the Diocese of Lincoln.

Jesus of Nazareth…is so intrinsically king that the title ‘King’ has actually become his name. By calling ourselves Christians, we label ourselves as followers of the king…. God did not intend Israel to have a kingdom. The kingdom was a result of Israel’s rebellion against God…. The law was to be Israel’s king, and, through the law, God himself…. God yielded to Israel’s obstinacy and so devised a new kind of kingship for them. The King is Jesus; in him God entered humanity and espoused it to himself. This is the usual form of the divine activity in relation to mankind, God does not have a fixed plan that he must carry out; on the contrary, he has many different ways of finding man and even of turning his wrong ways into right ways…. The feast of Christ the King is therefore not a feast of those who are subjugated, but a feast of those who know that they are in the hands of the one who writes straight on crooked lines.
—  Pope Benedict XVI
we took a break. we’ve all started families. there’s kids in the avenged sevenfold camp now. we wanted to be home and hang out with our kids and take a break from all of the touring. then about a year ago, we made a change, drummer-wise. we were secretly working with brooks wackerman and jamming with him, and starting to throw around riffs. the whole thing started coming together and we figured we had some music we dug. we took the last six months and wrote every single day. we’re holding ourselves to a really high standard.
—  m shadows | on what the band has been up to since the release of 2013 ’hail to the king.
His empire includes not only Catholic nations, not only baptised persons who, though of right belonging to the Church, have been led astray by error, or have been cut off from her by schism, but also all those who are outside the Christian faith; so that truly the whole of mankind is subject to the power of Jesus Christ.
—  Pope Leo XIII