and halos, the Enclosed Garden has 23KT gold halos.
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"The Apostleship of the Sea commissioned in 2004 an image of Our Lady Stella Maris, Star of the Sea, to front their organization’s work with the seafaring communities around the world. The icon is currently on a world tour of churches dedicated to Stella Maris. In May 2006, the icon was blessed by Pope Benedict XVI in St Peter’s Square, Rome.
The Neo-Coptic style is the only contemporary style in sacred iconography. Its hierarchic uncluttered designs are based on pure geometry and a rich symbolic vocabulary which speaks an universal visual language." link.
ONLINE News article in 2005:
Cardinal Stephen Fumio Hamao, president of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Travelers,
"whose council coordinates the Apostleship of the Sea at an international level, said in his homily that there is a good reason for identifying seafarers with the Stella Maris.
All those who know a little about the history of navigation know how important the star is for a navigator," he said.
"The star is the beacon that gives the right direction and allows the ship to continue on its route and reach port safely; and also in our lives Mary is the star that guides us, protects us and intervenes in our favor," the cardinal said.
Cardinal Hamao continued: "All over the world, seafarers and fishermen have a special devotion to Our Lady Star of the Sea as they daily confront the dangers of the sea and confide in her protection."
"In his address to the delegates, Cardinal Hamao also spoke about Pope Benedict XVI's concern for itinerant workers such as seafarers.
Remembering the day of the new Pope's election, Cardinal Hamao said that when he approached the Holy Father to pledge his obedience, Benedict XVI said: "We shall work together for the people on the move!"
The cardinal said: "To me it was a great joy as I felt it was a great encouragement for all those who have left their houses, family and country to know that they have a place in the heart and prayers of the Holy Father, and of the Church." zenit
In December of 2013, visiting Patriarch Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak traveled to Rome. While there, the Pope encouraged the Coptic community to “Be strong; do not fear!...These are the words of consolation that find confirmation in fraternal solidarity. I am grateful to God for this encounter, which gives me a way of reinforcing your – and our – hope, which is one and the same.”