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Papal pastrami

by Brad A. Greenberg

January 21, 2009 | 7:44 pm

After enjoying a wonderful pastrami sandwich at Langer’s deli, in Los Angeles’ forgotten formerly Jewish neighborhood of MacArthur Park, I walked past this mural on the side of a Salvadoran restaurant. I’ve walked past the mural of Pope John Paul II many times before, but something different struck me about it this time. It felt both completely out of place and altogether beautiful at the same time. Not sure why.

If I remember correctly, the mural was painted to honor the late pontiff on his 1987 visit to L.A.

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