PHOTO: Copy of Italian cross blessed at San Miguel

Tribune file photo by Jayson Mellom

People driving on Highway 101 past Mission San Miguel will now see a new landmark — a 12-foot-tall copy of the San Damiano Cross.

The original San Damiano Cross is in a church in Assisi, Italy. It was made to “rebuild the church” there, meaning to attract followers.

Mission San Miguel’s present Franciscan pastor, Larry Gosselin, loves the Italian story behind the cross and has long wanted a copy at the San Miguel mission. The cross was dedicated Thursday morning.