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For the first time he did not lead the Way of the Cross in Coliseum

On Good Friday 2005, for the first time, he did not lead the Way of the Cross in Coliseum.  On Easter Sunday during the Easter Vigil liturgy, Cardinal Ratzinger read his message:  “Dear friends, guided by the liturgy, let us pray to the Lord Jesus so that the world may see and recognize that, thanks to his passion, death and Resurrection, what was destroyed is rebuilt, what was ageing is renewed and completely restored, more beautiful than ever, to its original wholeness. “

A week later, the Secretaries, alike the rest of the world were reading these words quite differently.  On Easter Sunday, for a short while he appeared in the window of the Apostolic Palace.  He blessed the city and the world, and thousands of pilgrims gathered on St. Peter’s Square.  However, he did not speak. He was not able, he suffered.  His Secretaries knew how much he suffers.  And, they have suffered with him.

With the consent of Archbishop Mokrzycki “He liked Tuesdays the most”

M Publisher, Kraków 2008