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Why do some Catholics kiss their thumb after making the sign of the cross?

Question:

I notice that Latinos in my parish kiss their thumb after making the sign of the cross. Why?<br />

Answer:

They actually are kissing a cross formed by placing the thumb and forefinger at right angles. Kissing the cross (as we do on Good Friday) is an ancient gesture of devotion. It implies a humble acceptance of one’s own cross in imitation of Jesus.

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