What is the significance of the cross in the main character's hand when he is cremated given that he chose to give up his faith?

Though I understand the symbolism, I don't get the point! Can somebody please explain?

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    Don't worry, there's no need to hide your question behind an empty box. People who don't want to know the ending of Silence won't click on a question that's titled "The ending of Silence".
    – Napoleon Wilson
    May 2, 2019 at 15:35
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    I haven't seen the movie but the Wikipedia entry seems to suggest that the main character doesn't actually renounce his faith....just appears to do so with Christ's blessing.
    – Paulie_D
    May 2, 2019 at 15:48
  • The film is also an adaption of a 1966 novel of the same name. So one might be able to find an answer there depending on how different or similar the endings are. Oct 5, 2019 at 19:18

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Rodrigues never repudiates Christ in his heart, only in his actions (Christ himself gave him permission to do so). Thus, though he had to keep it to himself, he was a Christian to the end.

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