- Aug 3, 2020
Drawing on prayers written for the occasion by 14 young people, Pope Francis in the traditional Good Friday procession at the Roman Colosseum prayed for “holy shame” facing the sins of a fallen world.
In light of this year’s Synod of Bishops on young people, Pope Francis has asked that the Way of the Cross meditations be written by a group of students.
Holy Week 2017 began with terrorist attacks on two Coptic Christian churches in Egypt, and included a Good Friday bombing by the U.S. in Afghanistan using the world’s most powerful non-nuclear device. In that context, Pope Francis on Good Friday expressed “shame” before Christ for all the innocent blood shed in today’s world, and prayed that God will comfort all those “struck down” by violence, indifference and war.
ROME — Pope Francis on Friday compared several modern-day situations to Jesus’ crucifixion, saying that the death of the Son of God in the cross is reflected in those killed in war, the victims of terrorism and persecution, in the “insatiable cemeteries” for refugees formed by the Mediterranean and Aegean
ROME — Pope Francis presided over two Good Friday rites that had at their core strong appeals to protect persecuted Christians around the world, coming one day after Islamic militants attacked a university in Kenya, targeting Christians and killing at least 147 people. Late in the day, the pontiff presided