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Pope Francis leading Good Friday worship, Via Crucis ceremony

Friday, March 29, 2013 - 9:38am

Pope Francis will recite the story of Christ's last hours in a Good Friday service at St. Peter's Basilica before heading to one of Rome's most famous landmarks, the Colosseum, to lead the Way of the Cross ceremony.

The reading of the account of the Lord's Passion, from the gospels, will be echoed in Roman Catholic churches around the world on Friday.

To celebrate the Way of the Cross, or Via Crucis, the pope will lead a candlelit procession around the Roman amphitheater, according to Vatican Radio.

In Jerusalem, a similar procession takes place every Good Friday along the winding streets of the old city.

It's the first time Francis has led events on Good Friday, one of the most important days of the Christian calendar, as the head of the Catholic Church.

Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday, so the communion distributed at the Celebration of the Lord's Passion is consecrated on Holy Thursday.

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