The Vatican website has posted this year's meditations for the Way of the Cross, written by Msgr. Gianfranco Ravasi. Pope Benedict XVI will preside at the procession in the Colloseum on Good Friday, when those meditations will be read for each of the stations of the cross. The website's meditations are each illustrated by such artwork as that of Nicola da Bologna (1370), from the Vatican Apostolic Library, Cristofor de Predis (15th Century) from the Ambrosian Library.
The 14 stations in Msgr. Ravasi's meditations differ somewhat from the traditional stations. Compare, for example, this year's Via Crucis with last year's. Msgr. Ravasi does not include meditations for Jesus meeting his mother, Jesus falling 3 times, and Veronica wiping his face with her veil. Those stations are sometimes criticized, particularly by Protestants, because their source is not in Scripture. The 14 stations in Msgr. Ravasi's meditations begin with Jesus in the Garden of Olives, while a more traditional Way of the Cross would begin when Jesus was condemned to death. Jesus' death on the cross is this year's 13th station, and is traditionally the 12th.
This less common sequence for the stations was first used by Pope John Paul II in the 1991 Via Crucis and has been used in some other years since then.