Way of the Cross to Focus on Loss of Sense of Sin

Text Written by Archbishop Comastri

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VATICAN CITY, APRIL 6, 2006 (Zenit.org).- The loss of the sense of sin and its consequences for humanity will be central themes of the text of this Good Friday's Way of the Cross at the Colosseum.



The text for the Stations of the Cross this year has been written by Archbishop Angelo Comastri, the Pope's vicar for Vatican City.

Vatican sources told ZENIT that the meditations for each of the 14 Stations that Jesus went through in his passion will be published in a volume by the Vatican Publishing House, beginning April 11.

These texts will guide the meditation of tens of thousands of pilgrims, who will participate in the ceremony that starts at 9:15 p.m. local time. Benedict XVI will preside.

At the end of the Way of the Cross, the Pope will address a few words to those present and impart the apostolic blessing.

Since February 2005, Archbishop Comastri, 62, former archbishop of the National Shrine of Loreto in Italy, has been vicar general for Vatican City State and president of the office of the Vatican's chief engineer.

The archbishop preached the Lenten spiritual exercises in the presence of Pope John Paul II and the Roman Curia in March 2003.

Last year's meditations for the Way of the Cross were written by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, at the request of John Paul II.