Vatican     POPE HIMSELF WILL WRITE GOOD FRIDAY MEDITATIONS
Pope John Paul II himself with compose the meditations to be used on the Way of the Cross in the Roman Coliseum on Good Friday this year.
   The Vatican announced on Friday that the Holy Father had chosen to compose the meditations for the Jubilee year-- as he had previously composed them for the Holy Year in 1984.
   Every year the Pope presides at a Good Friday service in the afternoon in St Peter's Basilica, and then goes to the Coliseum for the Way of the Cross. This year, Good Friday will fall on 21 April. Since 1985, John Paul II has appointed a different individual to compose the meditations for this service each year.
   On several occasions he has chosen literary figures: the Italian poet Mario Luzi in 1999, the French journalist Andre Frossard in 1986, and the Polish writer Marek Skwarnicki in 1989.
   
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