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A massive and beautiful crucifix carved by Darrell Southern of Shawnee, Kansas is a prominent feature at St. Pius X Church in Baton Rouge, complementing each eucharistic celebration. The hand-crafted, life-sized sculpture was acquired by the church parish in 1993. To accommodate the 10-foot by 5-foot cross, a wall had to be erected behind the altar, necessitating the choir be moved to an area to the right of the altar. The church itself was dedicated April 11, 1965 by Bishop Robert E. Tracy and was the first circular church in the Diocese of Baton Rouge. Because of its unique design, no one sits more than 50 feet from the altar. Photo by Richard Meek | The Catholic Commentator