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Pope Francis leads the Passion liturgy on Good Friday in St. Peter's Basilica within the Vatican.
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It is customary for the Pope to attend the Stations of the Cross procession in Rome at Easter. But well being issues are troubling Pope Francis. He is now canceling for the second time in a row.

DPope Francis, who’s battling well being issues, canceled his participation within the conventional Stations of the Cross procession in Rome at brief discover. This was finished “to protect his health,” the Vatican mentioned on Friday night. The 87-year-old will as a substitute watch the procession going down on the Colosseum in Rome from his residence.

Last 12 months, the Pope additionally canceled his participation within the conventional procession two days earlier than Easter at brief discover. It was the primary time in his preach, which started in 2013, that he didn’t participate.

The Pope has been battling well being issues for a while. However, on Thursday he washed the toes of solely feminine prisoners for the primary time in the course of the annual Maundy Thursday ritual. The 87-year-old visited the Rebibbia girls's jail on the northeastern outskirts of Rome, the place he sat in a wheelchair and washed the toes of twelve of the inmates.