Bolivia’s President Evo Morales handed Pope Francis an unusual and some say “provocative” gift during the pontiff’s visit to the country: a carving of Christ crucified on a wooden sickle and hammer.
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The sculpted juxtaposition of two of the world’s most potent symbols, Christianity and communism, was made by Jesuit priest Luis Espinal.
A poet and artist, Espinal was assassinated in 1980 by right-wing paramilitaries, and the pope paid tribute to him on Wednesday on his way from the airport to La Paz, stopping at the site of his death.
Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope.