Italian tourist crushed by crucifix

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
According to local media reports, a group of young catholics were attending the pre-canonization ceremony underneath the crucifix when it fell.

The giant curved crucifix was installed in 2005 to commemorate John Paul's visit to the area in 1998.

BRESCIA, ITALY (NBC) - A young man in Northern Italy was crushed to death by a giant crucifix.

A 100-foot tall crucifix honoring John Paul II collapsed in this alpine town during a ceremony ahead of the late pope's canonization.

According to local media reports, a group of young catholics were attending the pre-canonization ceremony underneath the crucifix when it fell.

Italian media reported that a 21-year-old man was crushed by the crucifix and died instantly.

Another man was taken to the hospital for minor injuries.

The giant curved crucifix was installed in 2005 to commemorate John Paul's visit to the area in 1998.

The accident happened just days before the former pope will be made a saint.


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