VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis presided at a scaled back “Way of the Cross” service held in an empty St. Peter’s Square on Friday due to coronavirus restrictions, listening as children recounted their fears and dreams.
Candles in the form of a huge cross dotted an empty St. Peter’s Square as about only 200 people took part, sitting on either side of the pope immediately in front of St. Peter’s Basilica.
The opening comments, written in the form of a child’s dialogue with Jesus, recalled children who go without food or education or are forced to be soldiers.
The meditations at each station attempted to relate the experiences of children to those of Jesus.
Earlier on Friday, Francis prostrated himself on the floor of an empty St. Peter’s Basilica to pray at a “Passion of the Lord” service.
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