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    Man crushed to death by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope

    Tragedy happens only days before canonisation of Pope John Paul II who had had crucifix dedicated to him


    The man, named as Marco Gusmini, was posing for a photograph with a group of friends in front of the 100ft-high cross when it suddenly collapsed Photo: NEWSFOTO
    By Nick Squires, Rome

    7:45PM BST 24 Apr 2014


    An Italian man was crushed to death on Thursday by a giant crucifix dedicated to the late Pope John Paul II, just days before the Polish pontiff will be made a saint in a ceremony at the Vatican.

    In a bizarre coincidence, the 21-year-old man was reported to have been living in a street named after Pope John XXIII – who will also be canonised in the ceremony on Sunday, in an event that is unprecedented in the 2,000 year history of the Catholic Church.

    The man, named as Marco Gusmini, was posing for a photograph with a group of friends in front of the 100ft-high cross when it suddenly collapsed.

    A large, 20ft-high statue of Christ the Redeemer was attached to the crucifix, which was created for John Paul II’s visit to Brescia, in the northern region of Lombardy, in 1998.

    It was subsequently removed from Brescia and re-erected in the mountain village of Cevo in 2005.


    The massive cross was unusually shaped – it bowed and bent downwards and was held in place by steel cables.
    In what one Italian newspaper called “a tragedy full of disturbing coincidences”, the victim lived with his parents in a town called Lovere in Via Papa Giovanni XXIII – Pope John XXIII Street.

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    awful.

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    yeah, i laughed at the thread title LOL
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    the 21-year-old man was reported to have been living in a street named after Pope John XXIII – who will also be canonised in the ceremony on Sunday, in an event that is unprecedented in the 2,000 year history of the Catholic Church.
    Ok, when I first read this my thought was "please do NOT tell me the Catholic church is canonizing a freaking 21 year old tourist just bc a statue fell on him." I get it now, though.

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    I don't want to be insensitive, but wouldn't it be something if this dead guy turned out to be a serial killer, and Pope John Paul II was reaching out from beyond the grave just to kind of put an exclamation point on his canonization?>
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    There isn't a tinfoil hat big enough to accommodate that, Mo.
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    I'll send it along to Alex Jones anyway to see what he thinks.
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