In a speech on St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Pope Francis said that the religious symbol should be “contemplated and understood” and “not to be abused”.
Highlighting the religious significance of the cross, he said: “The crucifix is not an ornamental or clothing accessory that is sometimes abused, but a religious sign to contemplate and understand.
“The image of Jesus crucified reveals the mystery of the death of the Son as the supreme act of love, source of life and salvation for humanity of all times.
“How do I see the crucifix? Like a work of art, to see if it’s beautiful or not beautiful? Or do I look inside, inside Jesus’ wounds to his heart? I look at the mystery of God destroyed to death, like a slave, like a criminal. ”
” Jesus wants to make it clear that his extreme business – that is, the cross, the death and the resurrection – is an act of fruitfulness .
“His wounds have healed us – a fertility that will bear fruit for many.”
Despite the comments of Pope Francis, the crucifix has been a popular basic article for years. Today, most people wear it for style rather than religion.
Speaking Monday to a group of young students in Rome, the Pope expressed his approval for tattoos by saying to listeners, “Do not be afraid of tattoos,” adding that Christians have been tattooed on the front line since then. centuries as a mark of their allegiance to faith.
” Of course, there can be exaggerations,” he added, “but a tattoo is a sign of belonging,” he said.