• In time of bloodshed, Pope on Good Friday prays for all those ‘struck down’

    In time of bloodshed, Pope on Good Friday prays for all those ‘struck down’

    • Apr 14, 2017

    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.

  • Pope asks a woman to write Way of Cross meditations

    Pope asks a woman to write Way of Cross meditations

    • Mar 31, 2017

    For the fourth time in history, and the first during Francis’s pontificate, a woman biblical scholar has been asked to write the meditations for the Way of the Cross service at Rome’s Colosseum. Anne-Marie Pelletier, a Ratzinger prize winner, said she feels “lucky” to have this opportunity in a masculine ecclesial world.