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A crucifix is an image of Jesus nailed to the cross. It is distinct from a bare cross.

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What does INRI stand for?

On the crucifix there is sometimes a plate above Jesus' head that has the letters INRI. What does INRI mean or stand for? Why is it there?
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Is Jesus depicted as dead or alive on a crucifix?

According to Catholics, is Jesus depicted as dead or alive on a crucifix?
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Does the Catholic Church have a standard instruction on placing crosses on the altar?

Many oriental rites of Catholic Church have the plain cross signifying the Risen Lord, on their altar, whereas others use the crucifix signifying the Redemption. Of course, these days one sees ...
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