Due to the coronavirus pandemic, POPE FRANCIS will lead the Good Friday ceremonies in a limited manner, and this time, such as last year’s Easter, there will be no cross-road parades around the ancient Colosseum. This event is especially so People moved the pilgrims.
At 6 pm, the head of the Catholic Church will remember the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ during a service held in St. Peter’s Cathedral.
According to the Vatican, only a few believers are allowed to participate in the basilica’s mass celebrations during Holy Week and Easter. The Good Friday ceremony was attended by cardinals, bishops and as many as 10,000 believers.
This year, like last year, due to the pandemic, the road to the cross around the Colosseum will no longer exist. Before the crucifixion, Jesus suffered for hundreds of years. It consists of 14 stations. For each site, pictures or statues with crucifixes will be placed in churches or public places.
The road to the cross dedicated to commemorating the passion of Jesus is a very old tradition that originated in Jerusalem. The route of the cross was advocated by St. Francis of Assisi and the Franciscans, but it was not until the 18th century that piety began to expand significantly.
The Road to the Cross at the Colosseum, initiated by Leonardo Portomaurici of the Franciscans in Italy, was declared the Holy Year in 1750 and was held for the first time. It was in the time of Pope Benedict XVI. (1740-1758), he dedicated this way of crossing the cross and declared that the Colosseum is a memorial place for Christian martyrs.
At 9 o’clock in the evening, the Road of the Cross will be held in front of the cathedral instead of in the Roman Arena. To this end, I wrote the meditation texts of each station of “The Way of the Cross” and made photos of children and young people. According to official information, some of these children are from foster families in Rome.
For the 84-year-old Francis, this is the second Holy Week and Easter, under strict restrictions.