VATICAN CITY — An elderly married couple asked by Pope Benedict XVI to write the texts for the traditional Stations of the Cross procession on Good Friday (April 6) at the Colosseum in Rome has chosen to tackle family problems such as marital infidelity and divorce.
Danilo Zanzucchi, 92, and his wife, Anna Maria, 83, who have been married for nearly 60 years and have five children, are the founders of the “New Families” group, an offshoot of Focolare, a Catholic movement.
The traditional Good Friday rite is led by Benedict and involves remembering and reflecting on 14 moments of Jesus’ passion and death. Every year, the pope asks a different person to write the meditations.
Issues familiar to families worldwide will feature prominently in the Zanzucchis’ texts. They say that every family has to go through its own “Via Crucis” (Way of the Cross) made of “illnesses, deaths, bankruptcies, poverty, infidelity, immorality, family quarrels and natural catastrophes.”