Pope Francis renounces the Via Crucis to guard his well being for the remainder of the Holy Week celebrations | International | EUROtoday

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Pope Francis has given up attending the normal Via Crucis that’s carried out each Good Friday on the Colosseum in Rome to deal with himself and never put his well being, which has been delicate in current weeks, in danger. The Press Office of the Holy See has reported in a quick assertion minutes earlier than the ceremony started that the pontiff wouldn’t attend to protect himself for the remaining celebrations of Holy Week, an important pageant of the liturgical 12 months for Christians and that they do ponder a direct participation of the Pope, who should have fun the mass of the Saturday Vigil and that of Easter Sunday. “To preserve health before tomorrow's Vigil and the Holy Mass on Easter Sunday, this afternoon Pope Francis will follow the Via Crucis of the Colosseum from Casa Santa Marta,” the Vatican be aware reads.

This celebration, which represents Calvary divided into 14 stations by which Christians commemorate the eagerness of Jesus Christ from his arrest to his crucifixion and subsequent burial within the tomb, doesn’t ponder the direct intervention of the Pope. The pontiff limits himself to silently witnessing the staging, the route of the cross and the readings. This 12 months, Francis has personally written the meditations for the Via Crucis. It is the primary time since 2003 {that a} Pope has written them. The pontiff had the behavior of entrusting them to individuals who have gone by way of painful experiences, comparable to households with issues, prisoners, migrants or victims of warfare. The illustration of Calvary takes place at evening within the Roman Colosseum, open air and with fairly a little bit of humidity. The earlier days the climate has been inclement in Rome, with heavy rain and winds, though since Thursday the temperatures started to rise and on Friday the climate within the Italian capital was extra gentle. Last 12 months she already excused his attendance on the non secular occasion due to the chilly.

Respiratory issues

Bergoglio, 87, has had respiratory issues since affected by the flu a couple of weeks in the past. Although the day earlier than he presided, apparently with out issues, on the two Holy Thursday lots: the morning one which was celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica and the afternoon one which commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ and was celebrated in a jail in ladies of Rome. There, the Pope, who got here in a wheelchair, washed the ft of 12 inmates, as Jesus did to his disciples. The prisoners, a lot of them crying with emotion, climbed onto a platform and the pontiff handed in entrance of them, at their ft, to clean them after which kiss them, carrying a white apron, whereas certainly one of his collaborators pushed the wheelchair that Francis He has used it on most events for a very long time resulting from his well-known mobility issues resulting from a knee drawback, though on some events he has most popular to stroll with the assistance of a cane. This Friday he additionally participated within the Passion ceremony that was celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica earlier than the Via Crucis.

Francisco suffered a flu a couple of weeks in the past and, since then, has had some after-effects and it’s common for his collaborators to learn the speeches he prepares, as a result of he will get drained throughout lengthy interventions. On Palm Sunday he stunned everybody by not delivering the homily of this celebration that opens Holy Week for Catholics. When he performed the studying of the sermon, he stored a protracted silence. On the opposite hand, he did learn the Gospel earlier than and prayed the Angelus afterwards, asking for peace in Ukraine and Gaza, amongst different issues. The the explanation why he made this resolution are unknown. Last 12 months, Francisco didn’t attend the illustration of the Via Crucis due to the chilly, since he had been admitted for bronchitis a couple of days earlier than and the medical doctors suggested towards it.

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