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Presidents, Popes & Miracles


Dateline: Okauchee, Wis., 1928. This weekend President Bush visited the Pope at the Vatican. 76 years ago a Wisconsin painter named Vladimir Shamberk spent two months in the presence of His Holiness, painting his portrait. The artist attributed this good fortune to the intervention of the Blessed Virgin, who rewarded him for rescuing her portrait from a neglected chapel outside Prague. Confused? See the details, including pictures of the artist, the Pope, and the Cistercian Monastery in Okauchee, in our online collection of Wisconsin Local History & Biography Articles.
:: Posted in Odd Lives on June 4, 2004
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