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For Pope Francis, Good Friday shrouded in grief over persecuted Christians

Apr 3, 2015 - 03:45 pm .- Both Pope Francis' Good Friday service at the Vatican and the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum later in the day zeroed-in on the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.

True martyrs die in prayer โ€“ not with clenched fists, papal preacher says

Apr 3, 2015 - 11:35 am .- In his homily for the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord on Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa called for a spirit of forgiveness amid rising persecutions in the world.

A Medieval devotion alive and well for a handful of modern Romans

Apr 3, 2015 - 04:51 am .- In the hours after evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, a few pilgrims in Rome make their way to the Church of Saint Praxedes, home to a fragment of stone alleged to be the pillar upon which Jesus was scourged.

Pope leads thousands in Stations of the Cross reflections

Apr 18, 2014 - 02:29 pm .- Following his celebration of the liturgy commemorating the Lord's Passion, Pope Francis led pilgrims in the traditional prayer of the Stations of the Cross, which was held inside of the Coliseum in Rome.

Papal preacher slams 'curse' of money-driven corruption

Apr 18, 2014 - 11:17 am .- In his homily for Good Friday’s Passion liturgy, Papal Preacher Raniero Cantalamessa decried the poisonous actions of those who exploit others for financial gain, urging all to repent of their sin.

Cuban government makes Good Friday official holiday

Apr 17, 2014 - 03:06 pm .- After granting temporary permission for Cubans to celebrate Good Friday in 2012 and 2013, the Cuban government has decided grant a request made by Pope Benedict during his visit to the country in 2012 to make it a permanent official holiday.

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