Way-of-the-Cross Keeps Kids in Mind

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VATICAN CITY, MARCH 19, 2004 (Zenit.org).- The Pontifical Mission Society for Missionary Childhood has produced a special Missionary Stations of the Cross, uniting the suffering of children with that of Jesus.



Inspired by John Paul II's Message for Lent, the Stations of the Cross, entitled "Small Steps of Love and Pain," reminds adults and children that the path trodden by Jesus is the same path trodden by millions of children today, the Vatican agency Fides reports.

The weight of the cross Jesus accepts to save the world includes the burden carried by child-workers in factories, plantations and workshops. Each station includes a prayer, usually a request for pardon because children are not given the attention they deserve.

Simple illustrations also help reflection and prayer. Jesus' cross is studded with the faces of children, who carry with him and like him a burden that does not fit their age.

This special Via Crucis has been translated in five languages and sent to all national Pontifical Mission Societies directors.