The miraculous crucifix moved to St. Peter's Sq. to accommodate Pope Francis & # 39; Urbi et Orbi & # 39; to bless
The miraculous crucifix on which Pope Francis prayed for an end to the coronavirus on Sunday was removed from the altar and transported to St. Peter's Square so that it could be present on Friday during the Pope's blessing "Urbi et Orbi".
The crucifix was removed from the Church of San Marcello al Corso on Wednesday evening by Vatican employees and is said to be temporarily installed on St. Peter's Square on Thursday, according to the Vatican journalist Francesco Antonio Grana.
The crucifix was worshiped by the Romans as wonderful after being the only religious image to survive unscathed from a fire that the Church completely extinguished on May 23, 1519.
Less than three years later, Rome was devastated by the "black plague".
At the request of the Catholics in Rome, the crucifix was brought in procession from the Convent of the Servants of Mary in Via del Corso to St. Peter's Square and stopped in every quarter of Rome.
The procession lasted 16 days from August 4 to 20, 1522. When the crucifix was returned to St. Marcellus, the plague had disappeared from Rome.
The crucifix has since been brought to St. Peter's Square every Roman Holy Year, about every 50 years, and the crucifix has the names of each pope engraved on its back to witness these processions. The engraved last name is that of Pope John Paul II, who embraced the crucifix during the "Day of Forgiveness" during the 2000 anniversary year.