- Jun 2, 2020
The rector of Rome’s Saint Marcellus church, which houses the so-called “miraculous crucifix” believed to have been damaged during a prayer event with Pope Francis, has said that the harm is not serious as has been reported and they are expecting to get the priceless treasure back soon.
A fundamental rule of being a disciple of Christ is the necessity to make sacrifices and deny one’s self, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday.
A close adviser to Pope Francis criticized legislation proposed by Italy’s anti-migrant League party to require ports and other public institutions to display a crucifix, saying Wednesday that the religious symbol isn’t “a team emblem” to be shown for political ends.
A bill has been introduced in the Italian parliament which would require the visible display of crucifixes in public buildings.
On Sunday Pope Francis said that the crucifix is not just something decorative to hang on the wall or wear, it is an important sign of our beliefs – and should be truly looked at and prayed before as the source of our salvation.
After a regional court on the Italian island of Sardinia refused to strike down an order by the mayor of a small town requiring crucifixes to be displayed in all government offices, the advocacy group for atheists and agnostics that brought the case is vowing to fighting on, taking it to a higher Italian court or perhaps the European Court of Human Rights.