There were 15 stops on the way to St. Peter’s Square. Each station recalled the stations of Jesus’ way to the Golgotha but also an aspect of the suffering experienced by the peoples or by the land of the Amazon. Songs, readings, prayers and displays, for passers-by, tourists and pilgrims, as well as many banners commemorating important figures from Latin America who gave their lives in the service of the peoples in whose midst they lived.
The North American delegation, in particular the Lakota indigenous people but also representatives of the First Nations of Canada, participated in two specific moments. Before starting, they took part in the ritual of “the smudge”, the purification of body and mind from the smoke of sacred herbs. This same group also animated the 6th station, the one that reminds us of Saint Veronica wiping Jesus’ face. An image was nailed to the large cross, an evocation of the suffering of the indigenous peoples of North America.
Look at the photo album that chronicles this symbolic activity of prayer and solidarity with the members of the Synod on the Amazon.