The Way of the Cross led by Pope Francis

Receive powerful meditations from young people who have responded to the call of the Pope Francis to enter fully into the mysteries of Jesus's passion through the stations of the cross.

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The meditations on the fourteen stations of the Way of the Cross were written by fifteen young people who took up the challenge presented by the Pope in 2018 devoted particularly to the younger generation. The meditations are like a symphony of many voices of different tonalities and timbres. These are not “young people” in general; instead, they are Valerio, Maria, Margherita, Francesco, Chiara, Greta and the others. Gathered around a table, they stood before each scene along the Way of the Cross and “saw” it. 

Three key words, three verbs, marked the development of these texts:

When we are young, we want to see the world around us. The scene of Good Friday is powerful, even in its horror: seeing it can lead to revulsion or to mercy that provokes an encounter. This was the way of Jesus in the Gospel and every day, including today. He encounters Pilate, Herod, the priests, the guards, his mother, the Cyrenean, the women of Jerusalem and the two thieves, his final companions on the way. To encounter means to change, to be prepared to set out once more on our journey with new eyes. To see and to encounter leads, finally, to prayer, because seeing and encountering give rise to mercy, even in a world that seems pitiless and, in times like our own, abandoned to senseless anger, meanness and the desire not to be bothered.

Yet if we follow Jesus with all our heart, also on this mysterious journey to the cross, courage and trust can be reborn. After we have seen and opened ourselves to encounter, we will experience the grace of praying, no longer alone but together.


You will receive each day for 14 days:

- a Bible passage 

- meditation on the passion of Jesus  

- a short prayer to pray in union with all the members of this community.

Prayer from the novena

Our Father

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And let us not enter into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen

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