On the evening of Good Friday Pope Francis presided over the Via Crucis at the Colosseum in Rome and addressed the faithful gathered to participate in the devotion.
clarified that the shame was because of many acts such as "Shame for our
silence before injustices; for our hands that have been lazy in giving and
greedy in grabbing and conquering; for the shrill voices, we use to defend our
own interests and the timid ones we use to speak out for other's; for our feet
that are quick to follow the path of evil and paralyzed when it comes to
following the path of good."
Then he talked of hope in the form of "to forgive and to love;
that it may transform this dark night of your cross into the brilliant dawn of
your Resurrection' and 'the hope that good will be victorious despite its
apparent defeat!". He prayed for forgiveness for sins and guilt.
beseeched saying, "We ask you to remember our brethren destroyed by violence,
indifference and war...We ask you to break the chains that keep us imprisoned
in our selfishness, our wilful blindness and in the vanity of our worldly
He concluded saying "O Christ! We ask you to teach us never to be
ashamed of your Cross, not to exploit it but to honour and worship it, because
with it You have shown us the horror of our sins, the greatness of your love,
the injustice of our decisions and the power of your mercy. Amen."