Thursday, April 24, 2014

Italian man crushed by 100 foot high crucifix

Quoting this article posted today:

A young pilgrim has been crushed to death by a giant crucifix dedicated to Pope John Paul II.

The 100ft curved wooden cross collapsed during a ceremony in northern Italy days before the former Pope’s canonisation.

Marco Gusmini, 21, on a visit with other young Catholics to the Alpine village of Cevo, was killed instantly.

[...] The tragedy will inevitably be seen as an ill omen for Sunday’s celebration when John Paul II is to be declared a saint, along with Italian pope John XXIII.

Inevitably seen as an ill omen? By whom? It's not as if it was a statue of John Paul II. It's not as if the person crushed was somehow responsible for the impending canonization of John Paul II. Why would God kill some poor pilgrim with an enormous crucifix as a way of sending a message that He disapproves of the canonization of John Paul II? Perhaps it will inevitably be seen as an ill omen by the media who are trying to frame the story, but are sincere Catholics going to be phased by this?

More from the same story:

The young people were making a snack for lunch and when they heard the crunching noises coming from the cross they fled in all directions. Unfortunately Marco ran in the wrong direction.

One can imagine the look on his face was something like this: