A 21-year old man has died after being crushed by a crucifix erected in honour of Pope John Paul II in northern Italy. Marco Gusmini was killed instantly and one other man taken to hospital, Italian media reported. Part of the 30m-high (100ft) sculpture collapsed at a ceremony ahead of the Pope's canonisation. John Paul II and his predecessor, Pope John XXIII, are due to be declared saints on Sunday.

Before someone can be declared a saint... the church has to have "proof" that the person—now dead and in heaven somewhere—has performed a miracle or two. Surely the failure of John Paul II to intercede and save Marco Gusmini's life should disqualify him from sainthood? Not to mention, you know, all those raped kids?