Eighteen meters to the sky. The tallest astile cross in the world, a work made by the sculptor Andrea Trisciuzzi, strongly desired by Mirko Zanini, the president of the cultural association "Totus Tuus", will be blessed on Monday 18 May, the day on which the centenary of the birth of Saint John Paul II occurs. It is Pope Wojtyla, with his face contracted in the suffering of the world and a hand outstretched towards God who welcomes him, the last of the six great figures who animate the cross raised in the Veronese area and ready to reach its destination: Mount Faloria which it overlooks Cortina d’Ampezzo.
A work of art, but also an engineering work considering that the six figures, carved in a particular resin material with high resistance and empty in their inside, wrap around, 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 being already on Mount Faloria, but the resumption of Masses in the Churches on the day of the centenary of the birth of Pope Wojtyla means that the Saint's hand is not extended only upwards, as in the sculpture, but also from top to the bottom, 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 6.30 pm live on Telepace.