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(c) Daniel Amarilio

Catholic - Franciscan Order

Please give  Humanity wisdom
To eliminate the Poverty in the World.
So that the rich become richer.
So that no Poverty exists.
So that no  Parent bury his Child.
So that our wonderful Planet is safe.
So that we to live with Joy, in Peace and surrounded by Love.
So that we will glorify You through our short lives, finished even before
being conceived.
So that to hear New prayers coming from every human’s heart,
Which is the same for every Human in this World, independently rich or
poor, white or colored, Abraham or Buddha’s children.
Because I believe only in Goodness..
(Amarilio's Prayer)

Located within the Franciscan Compound:
Station IV, Via Dolorosa, Old City

Originally a Byzantine church of resplendent beauty, the Chapel of the Condemnation and Imposition of the Cross was at a later period turned into a mosque. The church, which marked the site where Jesus took up the cross after being sentenced to crucifixion, was finally restored at the beginning of the twentieth century. By the end of its renovation in 1904 it had returned to its former Byzantine splendor.

Today's lovely sanctuary is topped by five shiny white domes, each of them sitting on a stained-glass window- enveloped drum. But most extraordinary is the artwork within the church interior: papier-mache figures in the apse tell some of the most powerful stories of the Passion. In one of the representations, Pontius Pilate condemns Jesus to crucifixion. Another haunting scene shows John desperately trying to keep the Virgin Mary from seeing Jesus carrying a cross down the Via Dolorosa.

Other momentous biblical events and individuals are pictured in the church's brilliantly colored stained-glass windows. Angels can be seen within the small windows in the ceiling; in wall illustrations Pontius Pilate washes his hands, and soldiers impose the cross on Jesus.

An interesting feature of this church is the Roman- period floor found next to its western wall. Typical of floors of that era, it is made of very large, striated stones that kept people from slipping as they walked.

Natalia Staikova


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