Pope Francis Speaks of Humanity's Shame

Evoking wars and conflicts, as well as attacks on Christian minorities, Francis also voiced shame for “the innocent blood spilled daily of women, children, immigrants, and persons persecuted because of the colour of their skin, or for the ethnic or social group they belong to, and for their faith” in Jesus.

Pope Francis Speaks of Humanity's Shame

Pope Francis said The faithful look to Christ “with eyes lowered in shame and with hearts full of hope.”

Pope Francis, in his Good Friday address expressed shame for humanity’s failings and hope that “hardened hearts” will become capable of forgiving and loving.

Evoking wars and conflicts, as well as attacks on Christian minorities, Francis also voiced shame for “the innocent blood spilled daily of women, children, immigrants, and persons persecuted because of the colour of their skin, or for the ethnic or social group they belong to, and for their faith” in Jesus.

The Pope also made a reference to clergy’s handling of sex abuse of minors, saying: “shame for all those times that we bishops, priests and other clergy scandalised” the church.

Terrorism’s repercussions were being felt in Christian communities across the Mediterranean. In Egypt, Coptic churches announced that Easter services would be limited to prayers, without festivities. The measure was taken after twin bombings killed 45 people at churches on Palm Sunday.

Pope Francis said The faithful look to Christ “with eyes lowered in shame and with hearts full of hope.”

Such shame, he said, derives from “all those images of devastation, destruction, shipwrecks, that have become routine in our lives.”