francis knight

Window to the Soul

Details taken from: Frida Kahlo’s ‘Self-Portrait with Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird’ (1940), Ford Madox Brown’s ‘The Irish Girl’ (1860), Pablo Picasso’s sketch of Francoise Gilot (approx. 1946), Paul Cezanne’s ‘Le paysan’/‘Peasant’ (1891), Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ (1665), Vincent Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait (1889), Henri Matisse’s ‘Self-Portrait in a Striped Shirt’ (1906), Laura Knight’s sketch of Elizabeth II (1950), Francis Bacon’s Self-Portrait (1969), Lucian Freud’s ‘Head of a Girl’ (1976), Fayum Mommy Portrait (1st-3rd C.), Elizabeth Catlett’s Untitled Portrait (approx.1947).

nytimes.com
Ten Centuries Later, a Pope and Knights Do Battle
A Vatican rift has spilled into the Knights of Malta, a sovereign order. Freemasons, beware.
By Jason Horowitz

[Pope Francis] called Mr. Festing [leader of the Knights of Malta] to the Vatican and asked for him to step down, a move the Vatican announced the next day. The order followed with its own statement, saying Mr. Festing’s resignation would become official once the order’s counselors met on Via dei Condotti to formally accept it. On Saturday, they did just that, immediately reinstating Mr. Boeselager and promising to collaborate with the pope’s delegate.

This delighted the pope’s supporters, who said it showed that conniving conservatives would not push him around.

But supporters of Mr. Festing were horrified by the Vatican’s de facto takeover. Supporters of Cardinal Burke complained that the pope, for all his talk of fostering debate, was intolerant of opposing views, especially more orthodox ones.

“It sends a message to the rest of the Catholic world that if you try to stand for orthodoxy in the church, you are going to be sent away,” Mr. Hichborn said. “And the people pushing for heterodoxy will be put in power.”

What was not up for debate was that, in the Vatican, Francis gets his way.

Currently reading: Fade To Black by Francis Knight and so should you!

It has a great and very intriguing setting and the way Knight describes it really captures you into even the smallest details of her world. I’ve only just begun, but the characters are pretty interesting so far. And the protagonist, Rojan Dizon, makes me laugh and blush sometimes which is gr8.

So go check it out! :D (and fangirl about it with me bc rojan is a cutie who’s afraid of heights ; u ;)