Families from the 2 countries worked together to write 13th Station reflection, and a Ukrainian woman and Russian woman are to carry cross together.
Some senior Ukrainian officials have criticized the idea of two Ukrainian and Russian women carrying the cross together during the Via Crucis to be held at the Colosseum with the Pope on Good Friday, April 15.
The Holy See has not reacted to the comments from Ukraine. The text of the Via Crucis meditations, already published, does note that the 13th station of the Way of the Cross was prepared by Russian and Ukrainian families.
Families in various situations — migrants, grandparents, adoptive, childless, etc — prepared this year’s meditations.
The new Ukrainian ambassador to the Holy See, Andrii Yurash, was the first to tweet on April 12, 2022, expressing his concern about the project.