ILVA employees pay tribute to Pope Francis

With a crozier crafted in the Genoa facility’s workshops

For the Pope’s visit to ILVA’s Genova-Cornigliano facility on Saturday 27 May the plant’s employees have crafted a special, symbolic object to give Pope Francis, a crozier.

The gesture expresses their immense feeling for him and their thankfulness for his choice of ILVA as the venue for this meeting with the world of labour.

The crozier is 1.70 m long, weighs around 3.5 kg and is made of stainless steel recycled from old spare parts. It’s a steel pipe worked on a lathe, along with a handle, and can be packed away into an overnight bag. It took around a month to make.

The cross shape was made with a pantograph and a laser cutter

The cross shape was made with a pantograph and a laser cutter, while the body was fashioned on a lathe.

The cross on top of the crozier is in the form of a Tau, chosen because it’s the most powerful symbol of the spirituality of the Franciscan orders.