An artist from Northeast Pennsylvania Salvadore DeFazio has created a painting entitled “A Prayer for Peace,”.

  DeFazio  has asked Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) to present to Pope Francis during his visit to Washington, DC.  

DeFazio is based in Hazleton,Pennsylvania

DeFazio was appointed Hazleton’s first Poet Laureate, appointed by then-Mayor Lou Barletta.

Representative  Barletta will be attending a canonization mass later on Wednesday at the Catholic University of America in DC. 

Mister Barletta’s staff will be delivering the painting to the pope’s traveling support staff.

(Information from

Tim Murtaugh

Director of Communications

Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11)