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Pope Francis greets children on Good Friday

April 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Pope Francis salutes some children after leading the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession in the empty square outside the Saint Peter's Basilica during Good Friday celebrations at the Vatican, with no public participation due to the Coronavirus pandemic, Friday, April 2, 2021. (Angelo Carconi/Pool photo via AP)

A small boy strolled up to Pope Francis during his Good Friday service, in a surprising exchange at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

Rome (CNN)A small boy strolled up to Pope Francis during his Good Friday service, in a surprising exchange at St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.

The boy was followed by a few other children who hugged and chatted with the Pope.

Francis chooses a group of people annually to write and read the prayers for the service.

The children formed the 2021 group and also produced some drawings for the event.

The pictures and prayers represent the 14 "stations" or events leading up to the death of Jesus, which is commemorated on Good Friday.

Traditionally crowds flock to St. Peter's Square for Good Friday and the Easter period but due to coronavirus restrictions, the area was largely empty with only the Pope, some guests and the children in attendance.

The Pope was also seen prostrating himself on the floor of St. Peter's Basilica during a service on Friday.

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