Iraqis, Syrians Among Faithful in Colosseum Good Friday Procession Presided Over by Pope

Pope Francis is presiding over a Good Friday procession at the Colosseum that stressed the persecution of Christians.
The pontiff has repeatedly lamented Christian suffering in the Middle East, Africa and elsewhere.
Among those chosen to take turns bearing the cross across the ancient arena were faithful from Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Egypt and China. Several Italian families also carried the lightweight cross for a few steps.
Standing under a red canopy on the warm evening, the Pope listened to prayers affirming the right of religious freedom.
Good Friday recalls Jesus' death by crucifixion.
After several Holy Week ceremonies, Francis will celebrate Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square Sunday.



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