Michigan’s Underwater Crucifix Draws Record Crowd for Annual Viewing

For the last 29 years, the faithful and the curious have braved the harsh Michigan winter on one Saturday in February or March to step onto the frozen surface of Little Traverse Bay, near Bayfront Park in Petoskey.There was a record crowd this year:  According to the Emmet County Sheriff's Department, 2,021 viewers made the hike on the frozen lake March 7.  Sgt. Dennis Jessick of the Emmet County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, who organizes the event each year, reported that many of the locals a … [Read more...]

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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 b … [Read more...]

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Go Kiss a Crucifix!

Pick up a crucifix, said Pope Francis during his General Audience during Holy Week.  Kiss it and recite this simple prayer:Thank you, Jesus.  Thank you, Lord.The Holy Father reminded pilgrims gathered in St. Peter's Square that Jesus's Resurrection “isn’t the happy ending of a beautiful fairytale, it isn’t the happy ending of a film.”  Rather, he explained, it's the result of the loving intervention of God, who wanted to give humanity hope and salvation.In watching Jesus suffer and di … [Read more...]

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