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Pope Francis walks forward to deliver a reflection during the Way of the Cross (CNS)

Holy Father urges youth to follow Jesus’s Way of the Cross through works of mercy

A crucifix rests in the casket of Mother Angelica as she lies in repose at the the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Hanceville CNS)

A book of the late nun’s short meditations is perfect reflection of this down-to-earth holy woman

Pope Francis prays during the Way of the Cross at the   Colosseum (AP)

Francis recalls those ‘decapitated by barbarous blades’ after Way of the Cross

Pope Francis prays at the Colosseum during the Way of the Cross (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Holy Father offers reflection at the end of the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum

Pope Francis has been outspoken about the death penalty throughout his pontificate (PA)

Pope Francis has spoken out over the death penalty on numerous occasions

Pope Francis presides over the Way of the Cross outside the Colosseum in Rome last year (CNS)

The full English text of this year’s Way of the Cross meditations at the Colosseum

A blood-spattered poster of Jesus Christ is seen inside the the Coptic Christian Saints Church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria (CNS)

A meditation for the intentions of refugees and homeless families in the Middle East

Pope Francis leads the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum (AP)

Meditations by Italian Archbishop Giancarlo Maria Bregantini focus on injustices

Thousands follow meditations at the Colosseum