Pope takes cross at end of Colosseum procession

Pope Benedict XVI is sustained during the Good Friday Passion Mass, in St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Friday, April 6, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI has begun a Good Friday service at the Vatican by kneeling in silent prayer. Benedict rested his folded hands on a red cushion near the central altar of St. Peter's Basilica as he prayed during the solemn commemoration of Jesus' death by crucifixion. Hours later, Benedict will go to Rome's Colosseum to preside over the traditional Way of the Cross procession. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

April 6, 2012 9:46:32 PM PDT
Pope Benedict XVI encouraged those threatened by unemployment and other economic woes to draw courage and strength from the suffering of the crucified Jesus Christ as the pontiff presided over a Good Friday candlelit Way of the Cross procession at the ancient Colosseum.