OH NO! Crucifix Honoring JPII Breaks and Falls in Italy, Killing 21-Year-Old Man

A sad story out of northern Italy:  The corpus of Christ has fallen from a crucifix in the Alpine town of Cevo, crushing a 21-year-old man to death.

The 100-foot-high crucifix had been erected to commemorate the visit of Pope John Paul II to the region in 1998.  On Wednesday, April 23, during a ceremony preceding this weekend’s canonization ceremony for Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII, the 1,320-pound sculpture of Christ broke off the curved cross, fell and broke apart.

The cross had been designed by Italian sculptor Enrico Job, who died in 2008.  Job had crafted the curved cross as a remembrance of John Paul II’s visit to nearby Brescia.

According to the Daily Mail, 21-year-old Marco Gusmini had been visiting the area with a church group from his home town of Bergamo.   The young people had been preparing to enjoy a picnic lunch when they heard crunching noises coming from the cross.  They fled in all directions; but Gusmini, unfortunately, ran in the wrong direction.  He was killed immediately, and another young man was injured by the falling statue.

Cevo’s Mayor Silvio Citroni called the accident “an unexplainable tragedy”  and noted that maintenance work had been carried out on the cross last summer.  Citroni added, “This is a place for pilgrimages and family visits. We never imagined that something like this could happen.”

The broken corpus is visible beneath the curved cross


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  • lucius augustus

    On No, Oh Yes…a foolish tragedy. One wonders if the words of this scripture apply to the canonization of a roman catholic pope………”Therefore say I unto you, the kingdom of God shall be taken from you and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall
    it will grind him to powder.”Matt 21:43-44

  • Oh that is terrible. The poor young man.

  • BigMach

    Jesus is not on the cross. He is risen. Why depict Him in the place of His crucifixion when he is seated at the right hand of God.

    • Neihan

      It is our Lord’s sacrificial death which takes away the sins of the world, the shedding of His blood which redeems the world. It is His cross which is our one and only hope for salvation.

      When we behold our crucified Lord we remember that we, individually, put Him there. We, individually, are “the authors and the ministers of all the sufferings that the divine Redeemer endured.” We remember what He willingly endured for us, individually, who put Him there, and what His death accomplished.

      Why would we want to hide that away, or avert our eyes, as though ashamed of His death and the cross?

      • kdowjd

        I agree with everything that you said, except for one thing. Without the resurrection, His death and the shedding of His blood would be meaningless, what would be the point? The resurrection is the proof that He was declared to be the Son of God with power. And that the Father accepted His substitutionary work by raising Him form the dead