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Espanola SBDC Client & Artist Giovanna Paponetti Receives a letter from Pope Benedict XVI
Artist and SBDC Client Giovanna Paponetti recently released her new book, "Kateri Native American Saint -The Life and Miracles of Kateri Tekakwitha," published by clear light publishers in Santa Fe, NM. The 21 paintings of Kateri's life story are located at St. John the Baptist church at Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo. Giovanna sent a signed copy for His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, and to her great surprise received a letter from the Vatican. "His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI was pleased to receive the kind gift sent for his acceptance. He appreciates the devoted sentiments which prompted this thoughtful presentation. The Holy Father gives the assurance of a remembrance in his prayers and sends his blessing."
"I am grateful that my book has found its way to the Vatican as this is the place where Kateri's Sainthood will be decided, hopefully soon. As I began to reach new heights in my career as an Artist I did not feel equipped to handle or have the knowledge to know what to do. Once again Julianna Barbee, Director of the SBDC at Northern New Mexico College, and her staff have been there to guide me with their expertise for my continued success."- Giovanna Paponetti.