Good Friday Marchers Calls for Political, Social Change
Fuller, James, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: James Fuller Daily Herald Staff Writer
Braving winds and snow, more than 200 people marched in the annual Ecumenical Good Friday Walk in Villa Park, calling for political and social change.
The crowd of the faithful consisted mainly of seniors and adolescents. They marched to and prayed at several stops to symbolize the events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, better known as the Stations of the Cross or the Via Dolorosa.
They are commonly represented in renderings along many church walls.
Friday's march had 10 stops, each featuring a call for help to end a perceived wrong from a particular political and religious viewpoint.
"We are joining the suffering of the world with the suffering of Jesus Christ," said the Rev. Tuan Nguyen of St. Alexander Church, where the Good Friday walk began and ended.
Participants prayed for:
- An end to hunger through social and economic changes.
- Affordable housing for low-income families to end homelessness.
- Responsible reporting in the media that favors truth over "spin" and "sensationalism."
- Appreciation of the environment.
- Appreciation of people of each ethnicity, lifestyle, class and disability. …