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As penitents march, the Pope's friends cry 'shame'.

PENITENTS are taking part in the procession of the Jesus Yacente brotherhood during Holy Week in Zamora, northern Spain.

Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.

Meanwhile, Pope Benedict XVI's personal preacher yesterday likened accusations against the Pope and the Catholic church in the sex abuse scandal to "collective violence" suffered by the Jews.

The Reverend Raniero Cantalamessa said in a Good Friday homily with the Pope listening to him in St Peter's Basilica that a Jewish friend wrote to him to say the accusations remind him of the "more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism".

Quoting from the letter from the friend, who wasn't identified, the preacher said he was following "with indignation the violent and concentric attacks against the church, the pope and all the faithful of the whole world".

"The use of stereotypes, the passing from personal responsibility and guilt to a collective guilt remind me of the more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism," Cantalamessa said his friend wrote.

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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Apr 3, 2010
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