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Good Friday Traditions from Around the World

24/7 Tempo Logo By Elzy Kolb of 24/7 Tempo | Slide 2 of 18: Good Friday is not a public holiday in Italy, but there's no shortage of Good Friday observances or people to attend them. Since many events are free and no tickets are required. Traditionally, Catholic Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday; instead Pope Francis will conduct a special seasonal liturgy at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. The Via Crucis is a torch-lit procession led by Pope Francis from the Colosseum to Palatine Hill, with stops for prayers at the traditional 14 Stations of the Cross. He is likely to carry a cross at least part of the way, and has announced that his Good Friday meditations will be devoted to victims of human trafficking.

Torch-lit papal procession in Rome, Italy

Good Friday is not a public holiday in Italy, but there's no shortage of Good Friday observances or people to attend them. Since many events are free and no tickets are required. Traditionally, Catholic Mass is not celebrated on Good Friday; instead Pope Francis will conduct a special seasonal liturgy at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. The Via Crucis is a torch-lit procession led by Pope Francis from the Colosseum to Palatine Hill, with stops for prayers at the traditional 14 Stations of the Cross. He is likely to carry a cross at least part of the way, and has announced that his Good Friday meditations will be devoted to victims of human trafficking.

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