Pope Francis will miss the Good Friday procession on account of “extraordinarily chilly climate in Rome”, the Vatican stated.
It’s the first time the Pope won’t preside on the Method of the Cross service, held on the Colosseum, since he was elected in 2013.
He’ll nonetheless attend the indoor Ardour of the Lord celebration in St Peter’s Basilica, Vatican, in response to spokesperson Matteo Brun.
It comes after the 86-year-old left hospital final weekend following a bout of bronchitis.
After being discharged, the Vatican stated he would perform the whole Holy Week schedule, together with the Easter Sunday Mass in St Peter’s Sq..
On Thursday the Pope presided over mass and later washed and dried the feet of a dozen residents on the Casal del Marmo juvenile facility, on the outskirts of Rome.
Assuring the people of their dignity, the Pope leaned over and poured water on one foot, then used a white towel to softly pat the foot dry earlier than kissing it.
The ritual symbolises the foot-washing Jesus carried out on his 12 apostles on the evening earlier than his dying.