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Angelologist Makes New Claims

ROME - Angels exist but do not have wings and are more like shards of light, at least according to a top Catholic Church “angelologist” who says the heavenly beings are now back in vogue thanks to New Age religions.

“I think there is a rediscovery of angels in Christianity,” Father Renzo Lavatori said on the sidelines of a conference on angels in a lavishly-frescoed Renaissance palace in Rome.

“You do not see angels so much as feel their presence,” said Father Lavatori, adding: “They are a bit like sunlight that refracts on you through a crystal vase.”

The clergyman was taking part in a debate on angelic art by the Fondazione Archivio Storico organized in the Vatican-owned Palazzo della Cancelleria.

He said the popularized image of angels is a necessary result of their being “back in fashion,” however, as Father Lavatori stated, “you have to understand that these are not real representations. Angels do not have wings or look like cherubs,” he said.



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