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Benediction of the Astile Cross of Saint John Paul II

The benediction in Cortina d'Ampezzo

Benediction of the Astile Cross of Saint John Paul II in Cortina, the highest Astile Cross in the world of St. John Paul II will be blessed on Monday May 18 before reaching Monte Faloria above Cortina d’Ampezzo. The highest astile cross in the world, the work of sculptor Andrea Trisciuzzi and strongly desired by Mirko Zanini, president of the cultural association “Totus Tuus”. It will be blessed on Monday 18th May, the centenary of the birth of Saint John Paul II.

And Pope Wojtyla himself, with his face contracted in the suffering of the world and a hand outstretched towards God who welcomes him. And the last of the six great figures that animate the cross raised in the Veronese and ready to reach its destination. Mount Faloria overlooking Cortina d’Ampezzo.

First non-Italian pope after 455 years, that is, since the time of Hadrian VI (1522-1523). He was also the first Polish pope in history and the first from a Slavic-speaking country. His pontificate lasted 26 years, 5 months and 17 days and was the third longest pontificate ever. After that of Pius IX and that traditionally attributed to Peter the Apostle.

The sculpture

A work of art, but also a work of engineering considering that the six figures carved in a particular resin. Highly resistant and hollow inside have wrapped, in blocks of three meters, an iron-carbon pole that has become the skeleton that guarantees stability to the whole structure.

“Unfortunately, the pandemic caused by the Coronavirus,” explains Mirko Zanini, “has conditioned our dream of already being on the Faloria. But the resumption of Masses in the Churches on the very day of the centenary of the birth of Pope Wojtyla. Means that the saint’s hand is extended not only upwards, as in sculpture, but also from above downwards, towards his people.

The blessing of the cross will be given on Monday 18 May at 11 am by Don Maurizio Viviani. Director of the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art of Verona. A Mass will be celebrated on the same day in the Cathedral by Monsignor Giuseppe Zenti. Bishop of Verona, at 18.30 live on Telepace.