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Westminster: Cardinal leads Good Friday procession

 Homeless people from the Passage joined innocent victims of conflict and asylum seekers at the traditional Good Friday procession from Westminster Cathedral to Westminster Abbey today. Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, addressed the crowd outside Westminster Cathedral. Reflecting on innocent victims of war and the voiceless members of society, such as the homeless, poor and asylum seekers, he said it was easy to question one's faith, in the light of all the hate and suffering in the world, but the Easter message should give them strength. He said: "Even Jesus himself questioned whether God had forsaken him on the cross...He gave up his life because he loved us so much to bring us hope out of despair and life out of death." "It is wonderful that so many of us gathered today with the Cross here in the centre of our great city, in the heart of our country, to proclaim that hope to our society and to our world and that and Jesus Christ, the son of God, is at the heart of it." The Cardinal lead prayers for peace with Linda Rettenmayer of the Methodist Central Hall before the procession continued in silence to Westminster Abbey, for a half-hour service.