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‘O crux, ave spes unica!’: The story of the crucifix St. John Paul II held on his last Good Friday

‘O crux, ave spes unica!’: The story of the crucifix St. John Paul II held on his last Good Friday

Days before Pope John Paul II’s death on April 2, 2005, Vatican television cameras captured extraordinary footage of the Polish pope. He was sitting alone facing the altar of his private chapel. Beneath the crucifix and tabernacle was a television screen showing a torchlit procession at Rome’s