Pope condemns use of Crucifix as fashion statement
Pope Francis says using of the religious symbol `the Crucifix’ (cross) as a fashion affirmation was an abuse of the religious object.
While speaking at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican, Pope Francis said that the religious symbol should be “contemplated and understood,” and “not be abused”.
Highlighting the religious meaning of the cross, he said:
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“The crucifix is not a decorative object or a clothing accessory which is sometimes abused, but a spiritual sign to be contemplated and understood.
“The image of Jesus crucified reveals the mystery of the death of the Son as the supreme act of love, the source of life and salvation for the humanity of all times.
“How do I look at the crucifix? As a work of art, to see if it’s beautiful or not beautiful? Or do I look inside, within the wounds of Jesus up to his heart? I look at the mystery of God annihilated to death, like a slave, like a criminal.”