March 26, 2012

Pope Benedict has asked an Italian married couple, founders of the Focolare Movement's New Families initiative, to write the meditations for his Way of the Cross service at Rome's Colosseum April 6.

The Vatican announced March 15 that the pope had asked Danilo and Annamaria Zanzucchi to write the meditations, which are read over loudspeakers as a cross is carried through and around the Colosseum on Good Friday.

The Zanzucchis are the first married couple to be asked to compose the texts.

The Zanzucchis' meditations will offer commentary and prayers on the 14 traditional Stations of the Cross, the Vatican said.