Pope Francis led the traditional candle-light Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum in Rome.
In his homily, he spoke out against (Islamist) violence and prayed for the multitude of victims it created.
Pope Francis condemned, “Expressions of fundamentalism and 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 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”
Pope Francis also criticised those leaders who support wars and, “Arms dealers who feed the cauldron of war with the innocent blood of our brothers and sisters, and give their children bread that has been dipped in blood to eat.” He cited Europe’s response to the mass Middle East migrant crisis as a sad reflection of, “Our indifferent and anesthetized conscience.”