Tragedy strikes activity surrounding Papal ceremony

Well this isn’t a bad sign or anything…

BBC News – John Paul II crucifix crushes man in northern Italy.

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.

Photo credit: Newsfoto

Photo credit: Newsfoto

  6 comments for “Tragedy strikes activity surrounding Papal ceremony

  1. Indrid Cole
    April 26, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    I think something like that happened before in the movie “The Omen”

  2. fatimavh
    April 26, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Oh gosh I feel so bad for laughing at this. They’re canonizing him because of supposed miracles, but I’m sure they’ll call this just an accident

  3. kompani101
    April 26, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Does that cancel out one of JP2’s miracles and thereby make void his upcoming ‘saint’ status?

  4. Blargh
    April 26, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    “When someone is saved from certain death by a strange concatenation of circumstances, they say that’s a miracle. But of course if someone is killed by a freak chain of events — the oil spilled just there, the safety fence broken just there — that must also be a miracle. Just because it’s not nice doesn’t mean it’s not miraculous.” — Terry Pratchett, Interesting Times

  5. Indrid Cole
    April 26, 2014 at 10:18 AM

    ” The man was having his picture taken at the installation when bystanders heard the wood splintering and they ran.”

    I wonder if anything unusual showed up in those pictures?

  6. One Eyed Jack
    April 26, 2014 at 3:59 PM

    I don’t think they make a ‘sorry your dodge ball coach just got crushed by two tons of irony’ Hallmark card.

    -DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story (2004)

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