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Pope Francis prays before the Easter fire in St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2021.

Full Text: Pope Francis’ homily for Easter Vigil at the Vatican

Here is the full text of the Easter Vigil homily of Pope Francis, delivered April 3 at St. Peter's Basilica. Read more

Pope Francis lights a candle at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2021.

Pope Francis at Easter Vigil: 'The Risen Lord loves us without limits'

At Vatican's Easter Vigil Mass, Pope Francis said that Jesus’ love is without limits and always provides the grace to... Read more

Pope Francis presides at the Stations of the Cross outside St. Peter's Basilica, April 2, 2021.

Pope Francis leads Via Crucis seen through the eyes of children

Pope Francis led the Way of the Cross, featuring meditations prepared by children, at the Vatican on Good Friday evening. Read more

Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re presides at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in St. Peter’s Basilica, April 1, 2021.

Cardinal Re at Vatican Mass: ‘Holy Thursday reminds us how much we have been loved’

Holy Thursday evening reminds us how much God loves us, a Vatican cardinal has said at the Mass of the... Read more

Pope Francis offers the Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 1, 2021.

Pope Francis tells priests at Chrism Mass: ‘The cross is non-negotiable’

Pope Francis told priests at Thursday’s Chrism Mass at the Vatican that “the cross is non-negotiable” when preaching the Gospel. Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 31, 2021.

Pope Francis: In Christ’s Passion, we remember victims of wars, everyday violence, abortions

At his general audience, Pope Francis said that Holy Week is a time to “remember the ‘sacrificed lambs,’ the innocent... Read more

Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, archbishop of Jakarta, in St. Peter’s Basilica on Oct. 5, 2019.

Indonesian bishops say Palm Sunday cathedral bombing ‘disgraced human dignity’

Indonesia’s Catholic bishops have strongly condemned the Palm Sunday suicide bombing on the Sacred Heart of Jesus Cathedral on the... Read more

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, pictured Sept. 26, 2016.

Indonesian president condemns Palm Sunday bombing at Catholic cathedral

Indonesian President Joko Widodo condemned a bomb attack at a Catholic cathedral after a Palm Sunday Mass that killed two... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica March 28, 2021.

At Angelus, Pope Francis prays for Indonesian Catholics injured in Palm Sunday bombing

At the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed for Indonesian Catholics injured in a bombing as they left a Palm Sunday Mass. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 28, 2021.

Full text: Pope Francis’ 2021 Palm Sunday homily

Here is the full text of Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily, delivered March 28 at St. Peter’s Basilica Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 28, 2021

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: Lift your eyes to the cross in Holy Week

Pope Francis urged Catholics to focus on the cross during Holy Week as he celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord in St. Peter's Basilica April 14, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week 2021 at the Vatican unveiled

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week at the Vatican this year. Read more