Riccardi Andrea: on the web

Riccardi Andrea: on social networks

Riccardi Andrea: press review

change language
you are in: home - news contacting usnewsletterlink

Support the Community

  
March 27 2016

The prayer “O Cross of Christ,” composed by the Holy Father, proclaimed by Pope Francis during the Way of the Cross

 
printable version

O Cross of Christ, symbol of divine love and of human injustice, icon of the supreme sacrifice for love and of boundless selfishness even unto madness, instrument of death and the way of resurrection, sign of obedience and emblem of betrayal, the gallows of persecution and the banner of victory.


O Cross of Christ, today too we see you raised up in our sisters and brothers killed, burned alive, throats slit and decapitated by barbarous blades amid cowardly silence.

O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in the faces of children, of women and people, worn out and fearful, who flee from war and violence and who often only find death and many Pilates who wash their hands.

O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in those filled with knowledge and not with the spirit, scholars of death and not of life, who instead of teaching mercy and life, threaten with punishment and death, and who condemn the just.

O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in unfaithful ministers who, instead of stripping themselves of their own vain ambitions, divest even the innocent of their dignity.

O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in the hardened hearts of those who easily judge others, with hearts ready to condemn even to the point of stoning, without ever recognizing their own sins and faults.

O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in expressions of fundamentalism and in terrorist acts committed by followers of some religions which profane the name of God and which use the holy name to justify their unprecedented violence.

O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in those who wish to remove you from public places and exclude you from public life, in the name of a pagan laicism or that equality you yourself taught us.

O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in the powerful and in arms dealers who feed the cauldron of war with the innocent blood of our brothers and sisters.

O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in traitors who, for 30 pieces of silver, would consign anyone to death.

O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in thieves and corrupt officials who, instead of safeguarding the common good and morals, sell themselves in the despicable market-place of immorality.

O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in the foolish who build warehouses to store up treasures that perish, leaving Lazarus to die of hunger at their doorsteps.

O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in the destroyers of our “common home,” who by their selfishness ruin the future of coming generations.
 
O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in the elderly who have been abandoned by their families, in the disabled and in children starving and cast off by our egotistical and hypocritical society.

O Cross of Christ, today too we see you in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas, which have become insatiable cemeteries, reflections of our indifferent and anesthetized conscience.

 ALSO READ
• NEWS
January 16 2017

In these very cold days, I think of and invite you to think of all of the people who live on the streets

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT
November 21 2016

It would be beneficial if every Christian community could dedicate a Sunday to make the Sacred Scriptures better known and more widely diffused.

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT
November 7 2016

When violence is met with forgiveness, even the hearts of those who have done wrong can be conquered by the love

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT
October 21 2016

Jesus himself is the bread of life, and he makes it clear that our relationship with the Father depends on the way we respond to the hunger and thirst of our brothers and sisters.

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT | HU
September 19 2016

Today more than ever we need peace in this war that is everywhere in the world

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT
May 6 2016

I dream of a new European humanism, a constant work of humanization that calls for memory, courage, and a sound and humane utopian vision

IT | EN | ES | DE | FR | PT
all news
• PRESS
October 31 2015
La Repubblica

Papa Francesco, Romero martire due volte: "Dopo la sua morte per mano dei vescovi"

July 28 2014
Il Mattino

Riccardi: svolta storica, la preghiera può unirci

September 4 2013
L'Osservatore Romano

Associazioni e movimenti laicali in vista della giornata di digiuno e orazione

September 3 2013
L'Eco di Bergamo

«Papa Francesco così ha spiazzato tutte le diplomazie»

August 22 2013
Famiglia Cristiana

La via aperta da Francesco al dialogo tra le religioni

all press releases