Pope prostrates himself during Good Friday service

2017-04-14 19:40
Pope Francis lies down in prayer during the Good Friday Passion of Christ Mass inside St Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican. (Alberto Pizzoli, Pool Photo via AP)

Pope Francis lies down in prayer during the Good Friday Passion of Christ Mass inside St Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican. (Alberto Pizzoli, Pool Photo via AP)

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Vatican City - Pope Francis has prostrated himself in prayer during a solemn Good Friday service in St Peter's Basilica.

The 80-year-old pope lay for several minutes before the central altar. He wore crimson-coloured vestments for the day commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus.

Several times during the service, Francis bowed his head in silent reflection.

Papal preacher the Reverend Raniero Cantalamessa told the faithful they were recalling the "violent death" of Jesus 2 000 years ago, even when most days bring news of violent deaths, because his crucifixion "changed forever the very face of death".

Cantalamessa called the cross the definitive "'No' of God to violence, injustice, hate, lies."


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