Moving History: Thackray Crane Relocates Iconic Papal Cross to Malvern, PA

Thackray Crane is proud to announce its role in the relocation of a significant piece of history—the iconic Papal Cross—from its longstanding location in Wynnewood to its new home in Malvern, Pennsylvania.

The Papal Cross, a large and revered symbol, originally stood on the grounds of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary at the bustling intersection of City and Lancaster Avenues since 1979. This monumental structure holds a deep historical and spiritual significance, having been created as the backdrop for Pope John Paul II’s mass during his visit to Philadelphia in 1979. This event was monumental, with the cross overlooking the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at Logan Square and the mass being attended by over a million faithful.

For many residents, the cross has been a steadfast symbol, a part of their landscape for decades. Its presence has been intertwined with the memories and spiritual lives of countless individuals. Now, as the cross moves to its new location in Malvern, Thackray Crane is honored to be entrusted with this important task.

Relocating such a significant and delicate structure requires not only technical expertise but also a deep respect for its historical and spiritual importance. Thackray Crane is dedicated to ensuring the safe and respectful transportation of the cross, recognizing the trust placed in them by the community and the church.

This relocation is not just a physical move but a continuation of the cross’s journey and its role in the lives of the faithful. Thackray Crane is blessed to contribute to this legacy, ensuring that the cross continues to inspire and be a beacon of faith in its new home.

As we undertake this important task, we are reminded of the cross’s powerful history and the millions it has touched since 1979. Thackray Crane is committed to honoring that history and looks forward to seeing the cross stand proudly in Malvern, continuing to be a symbol of faith, hope, and continuity for generations to come.

Thank you for allowing us to be part of this incredible journey.

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