Good Friday walk for peace & justice includes celebration of the Occupy Movement

Written by Ann Rodgers on .

My job gets a little crazy when (western) Christian Holy Week and Passover coincide. So I'm simply going to post this press release from the Catholic social justice group Pax Christi. The walk has been a tradition for many years, but this year's twist is a stop to celebrate the Occupy Movement:

On Good Friday, April 6, 2012, Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi will hold its 17th annual Way of the Cross/Way of Compassion in Pittsburgh. This is a contemporary, ecumenical public procession using prayer, song and silence to commemorate Christ’s passion as it is lived out in our world today. Our theme this year is Christ’s Passion and Death: Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor.  This year the procession will start at The Greyhound Bus Station at 11th St. and Liberty Avenue at 8:45 AM and then will process to stations along the way including the Federal Building, the Allegheny Court House, and the City County Building among others ending at Mellon Park at 6th and Grant St. where we will


celebrate the hope found in the Occupy Movement as it connects to the hope of the Resurrection.   The Way of the Cross/ Way of Compassion is ecumenical in nature and is open to the public.

The Way of the Cross/Way of Compassion will conclude by 10:30AM so those wanting to attend traditional Good Friday services can do so. As in past years, participants are encouraged to bring a cross to carry inscribed with a peace and justice issue important to the carrier.  In addition, this year a monetary collection will be taken up at the conclusion to support the work of the Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh as they celebrate their 40th Anniversary of working for peace with justice in our world.  

The sponsor, Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi, is a local chapter of Pax Christi USA, a lay and religious Catholic organization that promotes peace, justice and nonviolence through a process of prayer, study and action. The local group meets on the last Tuesday of each month at the motherhouse of the Sisters of Mercy on the campus of Carlow University from 7PM to 9PM.  Everyone is welcome. For more information please call Mimi Darragh 412-831-8312.

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