Is supposed to be...what? The great Hall of the Klingon High Council? Cloud City from Star Wars? One of those saucers from Independence Day crash-landing into the middle of Manhattan? I think The Pinoy Catholic might be on to something when he suggests Superman's Fortress of Solitude.
No, apparently this is something-or-other that is going to be set up in Rio de Janeiro for this year's World Youth Day. My heart sinks at the thought that this is probably where Mass will be offered. It probably shouldn't come as a surprise in the country that gave the world that citadel of hideous modernist architecture, Brasilia. The heart sinks even further at the thought that this sort of thing is right up Pope Francis' alley. There was some comfort, mixed as it was with pity, in knowing that when Pope Emeritus Benedict found himself in surroundings like these, he was offering it up.
Surely, the day will come when beauty makes a huge comeback, and the glorification of ugliness will cease. Clearly, however, this is not that day.