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    Pope Francis salutes as he arrives during the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) torchlight procession in front of Rome's Colosseum on Good Friday, a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary, in Rome, Friday, April 19, 2019.

    Pope Francis Leads Way of Cross Procession in Rome on Good Friday

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    ROME (Sputnik) – Pope Francis led the traditional Way of the Cross procession at the Colosseum in Rome to mark Good Friday ahead of Easter.

    By participating in the procession, which is also referred to as the Via Crucis, Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Chris on Calvary.

    This year’s Way of the Cross is dedicated to ordeals suffered by migrants and modern slavery.

    Eugenia Bonetti, the president of the association Slaves No More, fighting against human trafficking, prepared her reflections for this year’s ceremony.

    The participants in the procession make 14 stops around the Colosseum. The same number of stops Jesus Christ is known to have made on his way to Calvary.

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    At the end of the procession, Pope Francis said his prayer, in which he recalled "all crosses of the world" referring to various forms of pain and injustice suffered by people today.

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