Saint Corbinian’s Bear notes a crucifix mishap for Pope Francis:
Can’t say the Bear’s ever been a fan of this ugly crucifix. Christ looks utterly defeated, and drawn toward the center of the earth. Inhuman. Even the cross is bent. Shouldn’t there be a hint of triumph? At least shouldn’t we be able to watch the Pope without being repulsed by the odd staff? That’s old, old news, of course. Yes, the Bear knows this comes from St. Pope John Paul II. It still doesn’t improve it.
Without making too much of it, he might have chosen to go onstage without it, rather than sending a message of fracture. Then again, Bears are a bit superstitious.
Go here to read the comments. Signs and portents or much ado about nothing? The problem is that we often discern signs and portents only after the fact. Rather than predictive their role is often confirmatory.