Cross Crumbles - Coronavirus Continues
According to reports the ancient wood is now inflated. On some areas of the painting bubbles appeared. Tempera paint showing blood has detached. Details on the arms are destroyed.
Francis’ spin doctor Andrea Tornielli mystified the disaster by writing that “the crucifix bathed in tears from heaven” (VaticanNews.va, March 28).
The crucifix was saved from a fire in 1519 and carried during a 1522 procession against the plague in Rome.