Children Take Centre Stage At Pope's Good Friday Service

It is quite a different Good Friday service in Vatican city this year. 

Pope Francis presided at a scaled-back "Way of the cross" service in a near-empty St. Peter's Square yesterday. 

Candles were lit in the form of a huge cross in St. Peter's square.

Meditations were written by young children from the scouts from the Umbria region and pupils from a school in Rome. 

The children read meditations and stopped 14 times around the square to mark each of the "Stations of the Cross". 

Pope celebrated Good Friday with children

The pope greeted the children after the service. Image source via Reuters

The opening comments were a child’s dialogue with Jesus, recalled children who go without food or education or are forced to be soldiers.

It also mentioned the embarrassment children feel when they wet the bed, sadness when parents fight, and the fear of telling an adult a dark secret for fear of not being believed, which appeared to be a reference to sexual abuse, according to Reuter's reporting. 

The meditation at each station attempted to relate the children's experiences.

For example, at the 13th station, when Jesus was taken down from the cross, a child recalled seeing his grandfather being taken away in an ambulance and later died from the Covid-19 virus. 

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