Alan Fabbri, the mayor of Ferrara, Italy, has ordered the purchase of 385 crucifixes to be displayed in the classrooms of the city's public schools this year, reported GloriaTV/en.news.
Fabbri is a member of the conservative political party Lega, which is headed by Italy's deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini.
“We believe that the crucifix is not only a religious symbol, but also a symbol of historical and cultural identity, of peace and love, open to all and linked to our Christian roots and to the respect for traditions," said Fabbri, who reportedly is not a practicing Catholic.
The city of Ferrara, in northern Italy, reportedly was a stronghold of communism after World War II.
Fabbri's election as mayor in June 2019 is an indication that the communist current has waned. From 2009 to 2015, Fabbri was the mayor of Bondeno, Italy.