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Good Friday at St. Peter's Basilica: full text of Father Cantalamessa's homily

April 18, 2014

Pope Francis presided at the solemn Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at St. Peter's Basilica on Good Friday. As is customary, the preacher of the Papal Household, Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preached the Good Friday homily.

"In the divine-human history of the passion of Jesus, there are many minor stories about men and women who entered into the ray of its light or its shadow," he began. "The most tragic one is that of Judas Iscariot. It is one of the few events attested with equal emphasis by each of the four Gospels and the rest of the New Testament. The early Christian community reflected a great deal on this incident and we would be remiss to do otherwise. It has much to tell us."

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