Well this isn’t a bad sign or anything…
A 21-year old man has died after being crushed by a crucifix erected in honour of Pope John Paul II in northern Italy.
Marco Gusmini was killed instantly and one other man taken to hospital, Italian media reported.
Part of the 30m-high (100ft) sculpture collapsed at a ceremony ahead of the Pope’s canonisation. John Paul II and his predecessor, Pope John XXIII, are due to be declared saints on Sunday.
The installation, near the town of Cevo, was designed as a large curved cross with a statue of Jesus Christ, weighing 600kg (1,320lb), fixed to the top.
The cross was designed by sculptor Enrico Job and was created for John Paul II’s visit to nearby Brescia.
The man was having his picture taken at the installation when bystanders heard the wood splintering and they ran. Job is not alive to see the end of his creation first put up in 1998.
Of course it was just an unfortunate incident but people find eerie coincidences in the tragedy as is human nature. Sculptors aren’t necessarily up on their engineering to keep things stable, just artistic. The cross was six metres high and weighed 600 kg. As the article notes, it’s not the first time someone has been crushed by a cross. And not the last as tragedies certainly do happen at religious events. It’s up to the individual to read anything into it. Or not.
John Paul II is to be declared a saint in the Vatican on Sunday, along with Italian pope John XXIII.