In the name of fashion or style, Some symbols, some religious …others not have been used by designers to draw inspiration and create collections. And the symbol of the crucifix is not exempted.
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.
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.
Several celebrities have been seen wearing it either as neckpieces or earrings. In fact, the rock and punk era had seen the cross as an important accessory.
However, this is not the first time that the cross being used in regard to style has quoted controversy. Even in 2002, the Vatican had released a statement, stressing on its disapproval regarding the same.