Cantalamessa identifies the true martyrs of our day

09 April 2015 | by Hannah Roberts in Rome
Those suffering across the world because of persecution are “carrying the Cross” just as Christ did, the preacher of the Papal Household told a Rome congregation that included Pope Francis on Good Friday, writes Hannah Roberts. Preaching at the two-hour Liturgy of Our Lord’s Passion in St Peter’s Basilica, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa condemned the “tortures decided upon in cold blood and voluntarily inflicted at this very moment by human beings on other human beings, even on babies”.He urged the faithful to put aside abstract concepts and reflect on the grief and anguish of individuals “with names and specific identities”. Speaking the day after the massacre of almost 150 students in Kenya, Fr Cantalamessa said: “With fear and trembling, l

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