Australian artist who painted JPII would be thrilled

Hedda Enderle portrait

A woman from Lochinvar in the NSW Hunter region who painted a picture of Pope John Paul II surrounded by the children of the world would have been thrilled he has become a Saint, her sisters have revealed, reports The Newcastle Herald.

The late Hedda Enderle, of St Helena at Lochinvar, painted the Pope surrounded by children of different nationalities in 1979. The work now belongs to the Vatican and travels around raising money for children living in poverty.

The three-metre by 1.2-metre work is titled My Heart Belongs to the Children of the World and took one year to complete.

Marika and Elizabeth Enderle said their sister thought Pope John Paul II, who was canonised with Pope John XXIII in an historic ceremony in the Vatican City last month, was a good person who would make a difference in the world.

Hedda’s painting was the first that featured the Pope with other people.

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