Hunger benefit walk, ceremonies mark Good Friday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Christians of the Western world are marking Good Friday, noting the death of Jesus Christ.

In Rome, Pope Francis is leading the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum, from the condemnation of Christ to his being laid in a tomb.

In Providence, Bishop Thomas Tobin of the Providence Diocese is set to lead a liturgy of the Lord’s Passion and Death at 3 p.m.

One city tradition not based in religion started the day as a fundraiser. The 37th annual Good Friday Walk, fighting hunger in Rhode Island and other communities, stepped off from several different area churches. Gov. Gina Raimondo was among the walkers, starting with a group at St. Ray’s Church on North Main Street. All the groups then walked to the Rhode Island State House for a rally.

This year’s walk also honored the memory of local activist and advocate Sister Ann Keefe, who died in January.

“She dedicated her entire life to peace and justice and social justice and now it’s on us to continue that,” Raimondo said.

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