Friday, April 10, 2009

Colusseum Cross Procession

April 10: A large, fire-lit cross is seen overlooking the ancient Colosseum prior to the start of the Good Friday Way of the Cross procession. (AP)

Accompanying Fox News story below:

ROME — Pope Benedict XVI presided over a torch-lit Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum on Good Friday and said he was praying so that people who suffered losses in Italy's devastating quake can see the light of hope in their dark hour.

Tens of thousands of faithful, clutching prayer books and candles in paper lanterns, turned out for the traditional Holy Week appointment at the ancient Roman arena.

"Let us pray for all those who feel sorrow, above all for those suffering in the quake-stricken area of L'Aquila," Benedict urged, speaking at the end of the procession about the Apennine mountain town near the epicenter.

"Let us pray that the star of hope appears to them in this dark night," he said.
Suffering and hope were the motif of the meditations read aloud as faithful carried the slender, lightweight cross in the shadows cast by the Colosseum's massive stones.

Benedict told the faithful they had come to "sing together a hymn of hope. We want to tell ourselves that all is not lost in moments of difficulty."

Benedict, who turns 82 next week, wore a crimson-colored, ermine-trimmed cape against the cool night air. Kneeling on a terrace overlooking the Colosseum, he folded his hands in prayer and bowed his head in reflection. (Read entire article here)

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