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Fr. Pierre Najm presents Pope Francis with a crucifix made from debris left by the Beirut port explosion.

Pope Francis receives crucifix made from wood salvaged after Beirut blast

Jun 22, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The blast killed nearly 200 people and injured 600 others. Read more

Pope John Paul II holds a crucifix carved by Stanisław Trafalski on Good Friday 2005

‘O crux, ave spes unica!’: The story of the crucifix St. John Paul II held on his last Good Friday

Apr 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

Days before his death, Pope John Paul II was pictured holding a crucifix in his private chapel on Good Friday.... Read more

The Holy Face of Lucca crucifix in the Cathedral of St. Martin.

Scientists confirm Italian crucifix is oldest wooden statue in Europe

Jun 26, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Scientists confirmed this month that a crucifix in the Italian city of Lucca is the oldest wooden statue in Europe.  Read more

Italy proposes mandating display of crucifixes in public buildings

Jul 24, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

A bill has been introduced in the Italian parliament which would require the visible display of crucifixes in public buildings,... Read more

Pope Francis venerates the cross on Good Friday 2015.

Pope Francis: The crucifix is for prayer, not decoration

Mar 18, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Sunday Pope Francis said that the crucifix is not just something decorative to hang on the wall or wear,... Read more