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An emotional Mass for migrants with Pope Francis

Mar 24, 2016 - 11:50 am .- During a Mass in Rome on Holy Thursday Pope Francis washed the feet of migrants and refugees, many of whom were moved to tears by the gesture.

Your task is to incarnate mercy, Pope Francis tells priests

Mar 24, 2016 - 04:54 am .- During Holy Thursday’s Chrism Mass Pope Francis focused on the topic of mercy, telling priests that one of their primary tasks is to make mercy visible in the same way as Jesus, who always gave it in excess.

Humility is the epitome of redemption, Pope says on Palm Sunday

Mar 20, 2016 - 05:28 am .- On Palm Sunday Pope Francis said the path toward salvation can be summed up by humility and service, and encouraged pilgrims to contemplate Jesus’ shameful Passion and Death throughout Holy Week.

All-star 'Passion' musical aims to tell the Gospel story in a new key

Mar 18, 2016 - 04:57 pm .- Actor and singer Jencarlos Canela will play the role of Jesus in a live musical dramatization of The Passion on Palm Sunday. Only he’s still not sure how.

This Sunday, where will the millions of palms come from?

Mar 16, 2016 - 03:53 am .- With Palm Sunday right around the corner, Catholics across the globe will soon be handed leaves as they walk into church. Some might fold them into elaborate little crosses. Kids will poke each other with them. But it's safe to say most won't know where they came from.  

For Pope Francis, Good Friday shrouded in grief over persecuted Christians

Apr 3, 2015 - 03:45 pm .- Both Pope Francis' Good Friday service at the Vatican and the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum later in the day zeroed-in on the plight of persecuted Christians around the world.

True martyrs die in prayer – not with clenched fists, papal preacher says

Apr 3, 2015 - 11:35 am .- In his homily for the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord on Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa called for a spirit of forgiveness amid rising persecutions in the world.

What Holy Week looks like in a remote Indian diocese

Apr 3, 2015 - 04:29 am .- In the Diocese of Miao, located in India's northeasternmost state of Arunachal Pradesh, Bishop George Pallipparambil is not staying quietly in his cathedral for Holy Week, but is rather holding services across the diocese in an effort to better serve his people.

Pope Francis to inmates: 'I too need to be washed by the Lord'

Apr 2, 2015 - 12:23 pm .- Pope Francis on Holy Thursday told inmates of a Rome prison that God’s love is personal and endless, emphasizing that he too needs forgiveness and purification.

Passover and the Passion: Jewish roots enrich Holy Week celebrations

Apr 2, 2015 - 07:54 am .- As Catholics around the globe prepare for the Easter Triduum, the three-day period beginning with Holy Thursday and culminating in the celebration of Easter, the Jewish community prepares for its own liturgical celebration of Passover, remembering how God freed their ancestors from slavery in Egypt.

Don't flirt with spiritual worldliness, Pope cautions priests

Apr 2, 2015 - 04:32 am .- During Holy Thursday’s Chrism Mass Pope Francis warned priests not to fall into a tiredness that leads to worldliness, and said that only resting in the Lord will enable them to continue when they feel worn out.

Blood of the martyrs sustains the Church, Pope reflects

Apr 1, 2015 - 01:46 pm .- Pope Francis, in his General Audience address for Holy Week, said that the Christian martyrs of today, by the shedding of their blood, join with Christ in serving the Church through their witness.

A sweet sign of hope: Pope's envoy returns to Iraq with Easter cake

Mar 29, 2015 - 06:32 am .- Pope Francis' personal envoy to Iraq will return to the country during Holy Week, bringing with him the pontiff's love and solidarity along with a special gift from the diocese of Rome: cake.

Holy Week is about humility – there is no other way, Pope says

Mar 29, 2015 - 05:32 am .- Pope Francis on Palm Sunday said that imitating the humility of Jesus is what makes Holy Week “holy,” and encouraged attendees to imitate Jesus on his path of humiliation as the week unfolds.

Got plans for Holy Week? Pope Francis does

Mar 22, 2015 - 04:48 pm .- Pope Francis' full slate of events for Holy Week includes plans for a traditional Stations of the Cross, Easter Masses and a universal blessing given on Easter Day.

Pope: Easter invites return to our first encounter with Jesus

Apr 19, 2014 - 02:11 pm .- In his homily for the Easter Vigil Pope Francis encouraged those present to remember the moment they first felt the love of God, saying that Jesus' resurrection is a time to relive this experience anew.

Pope leads thousands in Stations of the Cross reflections

Apr 18, 2014 - 02:29 pm .- Following his celebration of the liturgy commemorating the Lord's Passion, Pope Francis led pilgrims in the traditional prayer of the Stations of the Cross, which was held inside of the Coliseum in Rome.

Papal preacher slams 'curse' of money-driven corruption

Apr 18, 2014 - 11:17 am .- In his homily for Good Friday’s Passion liturgy, Papal Preacher Raniero Cantalamessa decried the poisonous actions of those who exploit others for financial gain, urging all to repent of their sin.

Pope urges faithful to serve with radical love of Jesus

Apr 17, 2014 - 12:49 pm .- During his homily for Holy Thursday’s Mass at a center for disabled persons, Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus washed the feet of his disciples, calling it an act of loving service that we ought to imitate.

Priests must anoint others with oil of gladness, Pope reflects

Apr 17, 2014 - 04:54 am .- In his homily given during the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the joy of the priestly vocation, saying a cleric “is useless” unless his happiness is found in the grace of God.

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