In a recent speech at St Peter’s Square in the Vatican, Pope Francis condemned the use of crucifixes as fashion items. The 81-year-old said that it is essential that the religious symbol is “contemplated and understood” rather than used as an accessory to make a style statement.
“The crucifix is not an ornamental object or a clothing accessory which is sometimes abused,” The Independent quoted Pope Francis as saying. The report added that the Pope also explained how the cross is much more than just a beautiful item, and its meaning is much deeper.
The Times Now asserts that over the years, the cross has emerged as a popular symbol in the fashion world, as many well-known people have been spotted wearing accessories flaunting the symbol. From Rihanna to Madonna and Justin Bieber to Lady Gaga – several celebrities have been seen wearing it either as neckpieces or earrings.