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On Good Friday, Pope speaks of shame for Church and humanity

By Philip Pullella

 

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Pope Francis leads the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession during Good Friday celebrations in front of the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, April 14, 2017. REUTERS/Max Rossi

 

ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis, presiding at a Good Friday service, asked God for forgiveness for scandals in the Catholic Church and for the "shame" of humanity becoming inured to daily scenes of bombed cities and drowning migrants.

 

Francis presided at a traditional candlelight Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) service at Rome's Colosseum attended by some 20,000 people and protected by heavy security following recent attacks in European cities.

 

Francis sat while a large wooden cross was carried in procession, stopping 14 times to mark events in the last hours of Jesus' life from being sentenced to death to his burial.

 

Similar services, known as the Stations of the Cross, were taking place in cities around the world as Christians gathered to commemorate Jesus' death by crucifixion.

 

At the end of the two-hour service, Francis read a prayer he wrote that was woven around the theme of shame and hope.

 

In what appeared to be a reference to the Church's sexual abuse scandal, he spoke of "shame for all the times that we bishops, priests, brothers and nuns scandalised and wounded your body, the Church."

 

The Catholic Church has been struggling for nearly two decades to put the scandal of sexual abuse of children by clergy behind it. Critics say more must be done to punish bishops who covered up abuse or were negligent in preventing it.

 

Francis also spoke of the shame he said should be felt over "the daily spilling of the innocent blood of women, of children, of immigrants" and for the fate of those who are persecuted because of their race, social status or religious beliefs.

 

At the end of this month Francis travels to Egypt, which has seen a spate of attacks by Islamists on minority Coptic Christians. Dozens were killed in two attacks last Sunday.

 

He spoke of "shame for all the scenes of devastation, destruction and drownings that have become ordinary in our lives."

 

On the day he spoke, more than 2,000 migrants trying to reach Europe were plucked from the Mediterranean in a series of dramatic rescues and one person was found dead. More than 650 have died or are unaccounted for while trying to cross the sea in rubber dinghies this year.

 

Francis expressed the hope "that good will triumph despite its apparent defeat."

 

Security was stepped up in the area around the Colosseum following recent truck attacks against pedestrians in London and Stockholm. Some 3,000 police guarded the area and checked people as they approached. The Colosseum subway stop was closed.

 

Francis on Saturday is due to say an Eater vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica and on Easter Sunday, the most important day in the Christian liturgical calendar, he reads his twice-annual "Urbi et Orbi" ("To the City and the World") message in St. Peter's Square.

 

 
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The Catholic Church has been struggling for nearly two decades to put the scandal of sexual abuse of children by clergy behind it. Critics say more must be done to punish bishops who covered up abuse or were negligent in preventing it

 

Not even one holy word about Roman Catholic Priests who are indirectly allowed to produce two babies, all expenses paid by CHURCH TAX PAYERS. 

 

    God shave the Pope. 

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24 minutes ago, rodney earl said:

YOU ASK SOMEONE WHO DOESNT EXIST FOR FORGIVENESS. YOUR PART OF THE PROBLEM. ALL RELIGIONS ARE ABOUT THREE THINGS AND ONLY THREE THINGS. MONEY - POWER AND CONTROL.!!!

 

 
 

 

 Minimize it to MONEY only and you've got it all. 

 

  P.S. The Caps Lock one is on the left hand side..............

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Yes there is enough shame to go around and back again. Watch a movie called Philomena based on a true story. We watched it last night. Nowhere Else to Go - Homes for Unwed Mothers in Canada during the 20th Century By Nancy Schnarr Curatorial Research Assistant Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery. He is another the case of unwed mothers in Quebec and how they were mistreated. 

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