Good Friday Observed

The faithful gathered for Holy Thursday.
The faithful gathered for Holy Thursday.

This will be a very different Easter for Catholics. For the first time in his 26-year papacy, Pope John Paul II has not presided over Holy Week.

As part of Holy Thursday mass, Catholics at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist offered up prayers for the ailing pope. The pope watched yesterday's services in St. Peter's Basilica from his apartment on television.

For the last several weeks, he's been recovering from a severe bout with the flu. The pope also has Parkinson's disease.

But Bishop Kevin Boland of the Diocese of Savannah says he knows the pope feels the prayers of supporters. "Our faith is a community of people. It's a community faith. We pray for each other that the Lord's will be done in our lives and obviously, it's very, very important and he would be the first to say so."

The pope is not expected to take part in today's Good Friday services, however he may bless the crowds on Easter Sunday.

Reported by: Liz Flynn,