I am told that when Pope Benedict was shown the painting he described it as 'Wonderful' and the Vatican website coverage of the trip includes several of photographs of The Pope looking at my painting with a smile on his face.
It was printed on the cover of the prayer sheet for the mass (which every last person took home with them). Subsequently I have been lucky enough to have a couple of articles written about the painting printed in a worldwide Catholic publication, after which I have received both kind words and requests for prints.
The original now hangs in The Oratory and Pope Benedict took a print home with him, for which I recieved a letter from The Vatican (on special Vatican paper!) thanking me.
I owe a lot to the man who commissioned this painting and thought of the whole venture, & to all the people who have been incredibly kind and generous to me throughout.
Its not often you get the chance to do work that means something to people.