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Why St. John Paul II introduced the Scriptural Stations of the Cross

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Philip Kosloski - published on 04/04/22

In 1991, St. John Paul II introduced an alternative Scriptural Stations of the Cross, focusing on events that are specifically mentioned in the Bible.

The Stations of the Cross, also called the “Way of the Cross,” is an ancient tradition of retracing the steps of Jesus during his Passion and death.

The tradition began during the years following Jesus’ death, but didn’t have a particular formula until the 17th century, when Franciscans promoted it throughout the world.

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