Posts Tagged ‘Good Friday’

Pope asks prisoners to write Good Friday meditations Comments 0

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Prisoners, guards and the chaplain of a prison in Padua, Italy have been asked by Pope Francis to write this year’s Way of the Cross meditations. The service will take place on Good Friday, at Rome’s Colosseum. In a public letter, the pope said he chose the parish community so the meditations would reflect on Read more

Coronavirus: Catholics told not to touch Cross on Good Friday Comments 0

Monday, February 24th, 2020

Coronavirus concerns are seeing Catholics being told not to touch or kiss the Cross during veneration on Good Friday. In the Philippines, updated liturgical guidelines issued by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference and posted on Twitter step up the precautionary measures the Conference announced in January. With the addition of the latest decree – that during Read more

Kiwi passion play director dies on Good Friday Comments 0

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

One of New Zealand’s most prolific TV producers, Ross Jennings, died a year after directing a Passion play in Auckland. Mr Jennings, 71, died on Good Friday after a battle with cancer. Last year he directed “They Crucified Him”, a Passion play which portrayed Jesus’ last days on Earth. It featured a largely Pacific Island Read more

Sri Lankan Catholics ask president for Good Friday holiday Comments 0

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Catholics in Sri Lanka are asking the country’s president to make Good Friday a “mercantile holiday” so Christians working in the private sector can properly commemorate the day. “[Good Friday] is a public holiday but not a mercantile holiday which means Christians working in the private sector do not enjoy the right to fulfill our Read more

Bishops ask Rome to change Latin liturgy prayer for Jews Comments 0

Friday, November 27th, 2015

The bishops of England and Wales have appealed to Rome to change the Good Friday prayer for Jews as it is said in the extraordinary form liturgy. The prayer reads: “Let us also pray for the Jews: that our God and Lord may illuminate their hearts, that they acknowledge Jesus Christ is the Saviour of Read more

Call to revoke revised old rite Good Friday prayer for Jews Comments 2

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

A German bishop says the Church should revoke the revised Good Friday prayer for the Jews introduced when use of the 1962 Missal was widened. Bishop Heinrich Mussinghoff of Aachen said he could not “understand or implement” the revised version. Pope Benedict XVI’s 2007 motu proprio Summorum Pontificam allowed for wider use of the 1962 Read more

The paradox of the cross — joy in the midst of sorrow Comments 2

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

The Cross is the great paradox of Christianity. More than a few people have asked me over the years why the Catholic Church focuses so prominently and persistently on the Crucifix. One inquirer even suggested that the Crucifix hanging above the Altar is too intense a reminder of the sorrow in the world and that Read more

Papal preacher warns against god of money on Good Friday Comments 2

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

The papal preacher has warned against a “god of money” who creates an alternative spiritual universe where virtues are turned upside down. Fr Raniero Cantalamessa was preaching at a Good Friday service presided over by Pope Francis at St Peter’s Basilica. In such an alternative universe, faith, hope and love do not come from God Read more

Communist Cuba makes Good Friday a national holiday Comments 0

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

For the second year in a row, Cuba’s communist government has declared Good Friday a national holiday. The gesture came days after President Raul Castro welcomed the appointment of Pope Francis as the first-ever Latin American pontiff. Last year the Cuban government observed a holiday on Good Friday as an “exceptional” gesture following a request Read more

The cosmic outcast Comments 0

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Catholics from China admit feeling embarrassed when they see a crucifix. Beyond the image of a tortured man suffering execution, the crucifixion depicts total humiliation, or “loss of face” as the Chinese say. To them, this seems harsher than the physical pain. The trouble with the crucifix is we no longer see it, but rather Read more