Pope deploys Cuban crucifix to front line of migrant crisis

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Pope Francis and Cuba's President Raul Castro exchange gifts after their meeting in Havana, Cuba September 20, 2015. REUTERS/EFE/Alejandro Ernesto/Pool - RTS22A4

Pope Francis and Cuba's President Raul Castro exchange gifts after their meeting in Havana, Cuba September 20, 2015. REUTERS/EFE/Alejandro Ernesto/Pool - RTS22A4

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(RNS) Standing more than 9 feet tall, the crucifix is made of wooden oars as a symbol of migration. It was given to Francis by Cuban President Raul Castro during the pontiff’s visit in September.

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  • Dr. Cajetan Coelho

    We are all migrants and refugees journeying on God’s Holy Ground and living in God’s time.

  • I appreciate the Pope in his efforts to highlight the tragedy unfolding in so many lives. I hope it is easy to see the great irony of the crucifix being a gift from the very type of tyrannical leader so many have need to flee. The blood of many stains the hands of the Castro family that gave that crucifix to Francis.

  • Observer

    Something seems wrong to accept, celebrate and then donate a crucifix using oars as symbol of migrants from a regime that has caused over a million people or about an eighth of its own population to leave to Cuba in the last 55 years.