The youngsters have been a part of a particular Stations of the Cross ceremony and got here from foster care houses, a Scout group and an area Catholic church.
Francis chooses a gaggle of individuals yearly to write down and skim the prayers for the service.
The youngsters fashioned the 2021 group and likewise produced some drawings for the occasion.
The photographs and prayers signify the 14 “stations” or occasions main as much as the loss of life of Jesus, which is commemorated on Good Friday.
The Sistine Chapel choir have been additionally in attendance and sang “Crux Fidelis,” a Gregorian chant.
Historically crowds flock to St. Peter’s Sq. for Good Friday and the Easter interval however resulting from coronavirus restrictions, the world was largely empty with solely the Pope, some company and the kids in attendance.
That is the second Easter the place social distancing restrictions have restricted the numbers of worshipers in Rome.
The Pope was additionally seen prostrating himself on the ground of St. Peter’s Basilica throughout a service on Friday.
He’ll maintain an Easter Sunday mass on the Vatican on April 4, which might be adopted by a papal blessing.
Delia Gallagher reported from Rome. Zamira Rahim wrote in London.