Papal preacher says cross brings hope to the oppressed

Pope Francis holds a crucifix during the Good Friday service in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican April 19, 2019. PAUL HARING/CNS
Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The cross serves as a warning to the powerful and a message of hope for the poor and oppressed, said the preacher of the papal household.

With Christ’s crucifixion, death and resurrection, “a total reversal of roles has taken place: The vanquished has become the victor; the one judged has become the judge,” Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa said during an April 19 service commemorating Christ’s death on the cross.

“The final word is not and never will be injustice and oppression. Jesus not only restored dignity to the disinherited of the world, he also gave them hope,” he said.

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