The first two of the above paintings depicting Pope Pius VII at a ceremonial function in the Sistine Chapel effectively represent Roman Catholic visualism at its very best. As a student and teacher of Church History, I have been perplexed for years that this great Benedictine pontiff has never been honored with a significant cause for his beatification and canonization. His Christ-like endurance and grace during one of the most trying times for the Church was heaven sent and providential. He suffered greatly at the hands of the egocentric Napoleon Bonaparte, but always defended the rights of the Church while fulfilling his Petrine mission with courage, vision, and profound spirituality. Papa Chiaramonti is highly regarded in the memory of the Church, but he should be known to us now as St. Pius VII. His pontificate transpired two centuries ago and his blessed legacy and influence extend to our present time.