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

The broken corpus is visible beneath the curved cross

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...]

Protesters Threaten to Set Themselves on Fire in St. Peter’s Square

"Pitchfork men" being dragged from St. Peter's Square following protest

Two Italian men protesting Italy's economic crisis demanded an audience with Pope Francis, threatening to burn themselves to death if their request was denied. One of the protesters, speaking to the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, said, “There's no work, they don't give you a home, they don't give you anything!”The protesters, who claimed to be members of Italy's “Pitchfork movement,” also demanded to be granted political asylum in the Holy See.The protesters' plot was foiled by police o … [Read more...]

Is Pope Francis’s Life in Danger?

2009 Subaru Forester from the fleet of the Italian police force, the Carabinieri

This from the Catholic Herald, the London-based Roman Catholic newspaper:Pope Francis has angered crime bosses in the 'Ndrangheta, the most powerful crime syndicate in Italy, to the extent that his life is in danger.The warning comes from Nicola Gratteri, a magistrate in the city of Reggio Calabria, in Italy’s southernmost point where the crime syndicate is centered.  The Catholic Herald quotes Gratteri as saying, “I don’t know if organised crime is in the position to do something, but it … [Read more...]


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