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Italian prelates reflects on how Christ's suffering is relived by mankind, in Good Friday meditations

March 08, 2016

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, who has composed the meditations that will be used for the Stations of the Cross in the Roman Coliseum on Good Friday, told Vatican Radio that his theme will be how the suffering of Christ is lived out in suffering humanity.

"Jesus lives his passion personally, but he also re-lives it in humanity," said the cardinal, who was chosen by Pope Francis to prepare the meditations. He remarked that "the passion and death of Christ are our reconciliation with God. However, we need this reconciliation personally, and also humanity and the Church are in need of it."

The suffering of mankind today, and of the Church, are evident, the Italian prelate said. "Unfortunately, in some areas of the world, many of our brothers are living this passion in their own flesh." 

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