Good Friday meditations to focus on abused and marginalised

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Pope Francis’ Good Friday meditations will reflect on women and children who have been abused, desperate migrants, and those who have lost their jobs because of the economic crisis, reports The Tablet.

The texts of the meditations for the Way of the Cross, which Francis will lead at Rome’s ancient Colosseum on Friday, have been written by Mgr Giancarlo Bregantini, Archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano in southern Italy, who has fiercely opposed the Mafia in his writings. They were published today by the Vatican publishing house Libreria Editrice Vaticana.

In his meditations for the 14 stations, Archbishop Bregantini reflects on the social consequences of the economic crisis such as 'job insecurity, unemployment, dismissals, an economy that rules rather than serves, financial speculation, suicide among business owners, corruption and usury, the loss of local industry … This is the cross which weighs upon the world of labour, the injustice shouldered by workers.'

Reflecting on hope, he notes: 'Let us leave behind our unhealthy nostalgia for the past, our complacency and our refusal to change.'

In a reference to harm done to 'little ones' that is wrongly concealed, he wrote: 'In Jesus, innocent, stripped and tortured, we see the outraged dignity of all the innocent, especially the little ones. God did not prevent his naked body from being exposed on the Cross. He did this in order to redeem every abuse wrongly concealed, and to show that he, God, is irrevocably and unreservedly on the side of victims.'


Papal Good Friday meditations highlight plight of abused women and children, migrants, and the unemployed (The Tablet)


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