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Mega salaries are evil, papal preacher tells Good Friday service

Published on Apr 19, 2014 1:37 AM
 
Pope Francis waves at the end of the Celebration of the Way of the Cross on Good Friday on April 18, 2014 at the Colosseum in Rome. The Vatican's official preacher, at a Good Friday service attended by Pope Francis, said huge salaries and the world financial crisis were modern evils caused by the "cursed hunger for gold". -- PHOTO: AFP

VATICAN CITY (REUTERS) - The Vatican's official preacher, at a Good Friday service attended by Pope Francis, said huge salaries and the world financial crisis were modern evils caused by the "cursed hunger for gold".

The pope presided at a "Passion of the Lord" service in St. Peter's Basilica, the first of two papal events on the day Christians around the world commemorate Jesus' death by crucifixion.

The long service is one of the few times during the year that the Pope listens while someone else preaches.

Father Raniero Cantalamessa, whose title is "preacher of pontifical household," weaved his sermon around the character of Judas Iscariot, who the Bible says betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. "Behind every evil in our society is money, or at least in part," Cantalamessa said at the solemn service that included chanting by priests recounting the last hours of Jesus' life.

 
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