The Pope is under increasing pressure from his cardinals to step down due to illness according to a front-page article in Corriere della Sera by Vittorio Messori. He says both liberals and conservatives inside the Vatican say the 81-year-old Pope can no longer attend to his duties and should abdicate.
The Vatican has announced that the Pope will not follow the usual custom on Good Friday of doing the Stations of the Cross inside the Coliseum but will only ?preside? by sitting nearby on the papal throne. He has cancelled several engagements because of an arthritic knee.