Italian archbishop to write meditations for Good Friday observance in Rome
March 25, 2014
Archbishop Giancarlo Maria Bregantini of Campobasso-Boiano, Italy, has been asked by Pope Francis to prepare the meditations that will be used for the Way of the Cross on Good Friday in the Roman Coliseum.
Each year the Pontiff invites a different author to prepare the meditations for the traditional observance. In 2013, before his retirement, Pope Benedict XVI had asked two young Lebanese Catholics to write the texts, under the direction of Maronite Patriarch Bechara Rai. In 2012 he had chosen an Italian married couple, Danilo and Anna Maria Zanzucchi. In previous years he had called upon an Augustinian nun, Mother Maria Rita Piccione; the retired vicar of Rome, Cardinal Camillo Ruini; and Indian Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil.