Eastern meditation: Pope’s Way of the Cross adopts an Asian viewpoint

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By John Thavis
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — This year’s meditation for Pope Benedict XVI’s Good Friday Way of the Cross has a distinctly Asian perspective, referring to Hindu scriptures, an Indian poet and Mahatma Gandhi….

Indian Archbishop Thomas Menamparampil of Guwahati wrote the meditation on the 14 stations, to be read as the pope leads the candelit “Via Crucis” at Rome’s Colosseum.

The pope chose Archbishop Menamparampil, a 72-year-old Salesian, after hearing him deliver an impressive talk at last year’s Synod of Bishops on Scripture. The archbishop took it as a sign of the pope’s interest in Asia….

He quoted a prayer from the Hindu holy writings, the Upanishads: “Lead me from the unreal to the real, from darkness to light, from death to immortality.” Click here to read this entire article.

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