Not 'new' so much as 'new to them.' The cross he wore on a chain around his neck was old enough to be corroded, although you could still make out the Miraculous Medal (AKA Medal of the Immaculate Conception) on the back. It probably had the sort of 'call a priest' words, too, that #2 daughter's has: but like I said, it was corroded.
I know: it's just a piece of metal, quite a number of non-Catholics wear a Miraculous Medal, and I don't. (I have, however, been wearing a chaplet - crucifix and all - around my neck since Lent. That's another story.)
Sure: it's just a bit of metal. But I rather like the symbolism involved.
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