Lebanese Sculptor Raffi Tokatlian’s Bronze Crucifix Presented to Pope Francis
On Monday, June 3, Pope Francis met with a delegation led by Nerses Bedros XIX, Catholicos Patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenian Catholics at the Vatican. As a gift, the Patriarch presented to the Pontiff a bronze crucifix that actually had to be carried by two people.
The 66 cm high bronze crucifix is the work of world-famous Lebanese Sculptor Raffi Tokatlian.
Describing the crucifix, Tokatlian said: “The nails behind Him represent all of our sufferings, which He is carrying on our behalf. The cross itself took the shape of his body and became the symbol of Christianity. The top of the cross takes the shape of an arrow, indicating that through Him, Jesus Christ, we will meet our creator: God”