Vatican city The pope’s message came after the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome as part of Good Friday celebrations at the Vatican. The messages on Good Friday were full of calls for peace in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Earlier, the pope officiated at Good Friday services at St. Peter’s Basilica. Pope Francis, suffering from knee and leg pain, avoided prostration this time. Instead he stood with his head bowed. Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, who delivered the keynote address at the ceremony, said that this time the Easter celebrations were not about bells of joy but of explosions and gunfire.
On the way to the cross at the Colosseum, the Russian and Ukrainian friends, who were friends, attended together but avoided reading the message prepared by the two together. Major Archbishop of Ukraine Vyatoslav Shevchuk has spoken out against the joint involvement of two hospital staff in Rome. The message was initially approved by the Vatican but later dropped. Instead, the call was to observe silence at that time. Pope Francis sat on his chair and watched the Way of the Cross. Today, the Pope will preside over the Easter celebrations in St. Peter’s Square.
English Summary: Peace message by pope francis on good friday