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Good Friday Reflection


 Ukranians react to Pope Francis having a
Ukranian family and a Russian family participate together in
his Via Crucis Good Friday procession

As Christians around the world honor this Good Friday, religious and government leaders in Ukraine have expressed "indignation" at the Vatican's decision to have two families – one Ukrainian and the other Russian – carry a cross together at the papal-led Via Crucis on Good Friday at the famed Colosseum. To read the full article in La Croix, click here.

Everyone in every part of the world has opinions about what should be done about Putin's war on Ukraine. What are your thoughts about our pope having a Ukraine family and a Russian family walk together in this Good Friday procession in Rome? Let us ask ourselves: What would Jesus do? What hope exists for the outcome of Ukraine?

 After every Good Friday, there is a resurrection. As we live the passion of Good Friday in solidarity with the Ukrainian people, how do we look forward to the Resurrection?

With blessings for this sacred time in our Church year,

Rene Reid
CCRI director

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Pope Francis has presented us with an extraordinary opportunity to speak out about the kind of Church we'd like to see today. It is our belief that his invitation to us to gather in small groups and share our stories offers far more hope for Church reform than even Vatican II back in the 60s. Pope Francis wants to hear from practicing Catholics, of course. But even more, he wants to hear from those who’ve walked away from the institutional Church, from other denominations, from men and women young and old. He wants to hear stories of how people have been hurt and what drove some away along with suggestions for how the situation(s) could have been better handled by the Church. We encourage you to join a synod offered by your bishop, pastor, or Small Christian Community. If none are being offered in your community, then consider starting your own.


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