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Hector Carrillo wrote:

Hi, guys —

I find your site very informative and interesting. One question that I did not see addressed concerns the Pope's staff.

  • Why does the Pope carry around a staff with a very grotesque crucifix on it when
    all the crucifixes sold in Catholic churches bear no resemblance to it?
  • If you do not know, then would you know where I could find out?

Thanks for your time.


  { Why does the Pope carry around a staff with a very grotesque crucifix on it? }

Richard replied:

Hi, Hector —

It is customary for the Pope, as it is for all bishops of the Western Church, to carry the crozier:
a staff with a cross or crucifix at the end, as one of the insignia of their office.

Pope John Paul's crozier does have a distinctive artistic style about it; it was designed by a sculptor shortly after the Pope's accession in 1978.

Unfortunately, I don't happen to have the name of the artist available.

I hope this helps to clarify the matter a little.

Yours in Christ,

— RC

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