Artist's rise from Canadian street kid to audience with Pope
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Artist’s rise from Canadian street kid to audience with Pope

Toronto artists Daniel Mazzone meets Pope Francic at the Vatican after donating one of his arts works for a children’s charity founded by the Pope. (supplied photo) Toronto’s Daniel Mazzone went from being a street kid to an internationally famous artist who was invited to the Vatican to meet the Pope. He created a mosaic of Charlie Chaplan — called Modern Charlie — donated it to a papal charity auction supporting children and it sold for $30,000. That was his ticket to the holy ground in Rome to meet Pope Francis. “It was an intimate setting and a once of a lifetime. Rome was quite the experience with the private tour of the Vatican and gardens,” Mazzone said after his recent audience with the Pope. Scholas Occurrentes — the Pope’s educational charity for underprivileged youth — asked Mazzone and other world-renowned artists to donate a piece of work for auction in early March. Mazzone, 38, already supported countless children’s charities, so he was happy to offer an artwork to Scholas. Story continues below It may have to do with his “difficult upbringing” as a child. His love of art started as a young child with his mother creating stained […]

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