The easter weekend has begun, and Pope Francis took on Good Friday part in the stations of the Cross in Rome. Central in the procession in the Colosseum, where the agony of Jesus, was the fate of abused women and victims of human trafficking.
The way of the Cross is a centuries-old tradition and it depicts in the fourteen stations of Jesus’ suffering up to the crucifixion. Pope Francis spoke at the end of a prayer. Therein deplored not only the exclusion of migrants, but also the indifference and selfishness of people. He also drew attention on the global warming: the earth suffers ‘serious’, but the eyes of the people are selfish and greed and power blinded.
Francis also referred to the children, who in their innocence and purity violated’, which again, as a reference to the sexual abuse by clergy can be understood. The church, which, according to Francis ‘constantly from the inside and from the outside being attacked “feels,” as is ” because of the scandals about abuse and its cover-up in different countries in a deep crisis.
The Italian sister Eugenia Bonetti wrote the words during the different stations of the cross were read. Bonetti is committed to women involved in prostitution are forced. Also, the deaths of refugees in the desert or the Mediterranean countries.
According to the Vatican lived to 15,000 believers the ceremony. In the Basilica of St. peter was there in advance the liturgical celebration of Good Friday. Easter is the most important feast for christians. The highlight is the easter vigil, when the pope Saturday night in St. peter’s Basilica an easter vigil takes precedence. Sunday speaks of the pope’s ‘Urbi et orbi’ blessing.