Holy Week 2024

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Father Javier Sánchez, 60, from the Archdiocese of Zaragoza in Spain died April 4, 2024, a victim of burns suffered when his liturgical vestments caught fire from a candle during the Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 30.

‘Rocker’ Spanish priest dies from burns suffered during lighting of Easter fire

Apr 4, 2024

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

According to the Spanish newspaper El Heraldo de Aragón, sources from the archdiocese said Father Javier Sánchez “tried to protect... Read more

Pope Francis presides over Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome on Feb. 14, 2024.

Full text: Pope Francis’ Good Friday Way of the Cross meditations 

Mar 29, 2024

By Pope Francis

For the first time in his 11-year pontificate, Pope Francis has written his own spiritual meditations for Friday’s Via Crucis... Read more


Divine Mercy novena begins on Good Friday

Mar 29, 2024

By CNA Staff

The Divine Mercy novena can be said at any time of the year, but it is especially said over the... Read more

The Catholic faithful gathered in the Cenacle in Jerusalem for the Mass of the Lord's Supper that the Franciscan friars celebrated on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2024. The Cenacle is at the center of strong tensions and disputes regarding ownership and rights of access and celebration. An ancient tradition places King David’s tomb here and over the centuries Jews and Muslims have leveraged this to first expel the Franciscans and then to prevent Christian worship, which they deemed sacrilegious.

PHOTOS: Friars and faithful gather in Upper Room in Jerusalem to mark the Last Supper

Mar 28, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

On Holy Thursday, the doors of the Cenacle in Jerusalem were opened to welcome the Franciscans of the Custody of... Read more

A Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish procession honoring the patroness of Cuba on Sept. 7, 2023.

More Holy Week processions prohibited in Cuba

Mar 28, 2024

By Diego López Marina

The regime of President Miguel Díaz-Canel in Cuba has prohibited several Holy Week processions in different cities of the country. Read more

Trump announced his Bible project on social media during Holy Week, saying he partnered with country singer Lee Greenwood on the initiative.

Trump’s Bible peddling: welcome message or ‘misunderstanding’ about the faith?

Mar 28, 2024

By Daniel Payne, Ken Oliver-Méndez

Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s message touting a patriotic Bible is either seen as a welcome exhortation or a “potentially dangerous... Read more

Pope Francis presides at the Vatican's chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2024.

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis asks priests to weep over their sins

Mar 28, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis encouraged the priests to turn their gaze upon the crucified Lord and weep over their sins in repentance,... Read more


Singing this song on Holy Thursday can purify your soul

Mar 28, 2024

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The “Tantum Ergo” is the last two verses of a Latin hymn written by St. Thomas Aquinas. Read more

A stripped altar on Holy Thursday 2015 at Mater Dei Parish in Irving, Texas.

What is the ‘sacred triduum’? A CNA explainer

Mar 28, 2024

By JD Flynn

At the end of Lent, right before Easter, the Catholic Church observes the “sacred triduum.” What is it? Read more

The Brotherhood of the Holy Supper processes through Seville, Spain, on Holy Monday, March 25, 2024.

Faithful line the streets of Seville, Spain, for Holy Week processions 

Mar 27, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Holy Week in Seville is one of Spain’s most impressive, picturesque Catholic traditions.  Read more

On Holy Wednesday, the friars of the Custody of the Holy Land venerated the column to which, according to tradition, Jesus was bound to be scourged. They prayed the station dedicated to the column during the daily procession that the Franciscans perform inside the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. At the end, they intoned the hymn “Columna Nobilis” and then, one by one, they performed an act of veneration. March 27, 2024.

Holy Wednesday in Jerusalem: Venerating the pillar of Christ’s flagellation

Mar 27, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

In Jerusalem, the friars of the Custody of the Holy Land venerate the two stones that, according to Luke’s Gospel,... Read more

Catholics gather in Rome’s Basilica of St. Bartholomew on Tiber Island on Holy Tuesday, March 26, 2024, for a prayer vigil honoring Christians who have been killed for their faith in recent years.

Cardinal leads Holy Week prayer vigil for recently martyred Christians

Mar 27, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, the prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family, and Life, presided over the vigil... Read more


Holy Land priest recommends 4 ways to live a worthwhile Holy Week

Mar 27, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

Father Juan María Solana, LC, director of the Magdala Center in the Holy Land, offers four ways to live worthwhile... Read more


Here’s what the Holy Thursday Seven Churches Visitation devotion is all about

Mar 27, 2024

By CNA Staff

The devotion involves traveling to seven local churches after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on the evening of Holy... Read more

Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss, 14th-century fresco in the Collegiata of San Gimignano, Italy.

Why is today called Spy Wednesday?

Mar 27, 2024

By Tina Dennelly

The name actually derives from the Gospel reading for today in which Judas Iscariot betrays Jesus for 30 pieces of... Read more

The Stations of the Cross at Rome’s Colosseum, April 15, 2022.

Pope Francis to write meditations for Good Friday Way of the Cross for the first time

Mar 26, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

The reflection will be based on the theme “In Prayer with Jesus on the Way of the Cross.” Read more

Saint Josemaría Escrivá inspired and promoted UNIV, an international meeting of young university students seeking to deepen their faith. Since 1968, thousands of students travel to Rome every Holy Week for this purpose.

Thousands of young people gather in Rome to delve deeper into meaning of Holy Week

Mar 25, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

St. Josemaría Escrivá inspired and promoted UNIV, an international meeting of young university students seeking to deepen their faith. Read more

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, gives the final blessing with the relic of the holy cross at the end of the Palm Sunday procession from Bethphage to Jerusalem on March 24, 2024.

PHOTOS: Palm Sunday procession in Holy Land celebrates ‘joy in being Christians’

Mar 25, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, led the procession, which departed from Bethphage on the eastern side of... Read more

A Palestinian family walks past buildings destroyed in previous Israeli strikes in Gaza City on March 25, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.

U.S. Catholic bishops’ conference urges Holy Week prayers for end to Israel-Hamas war 

Mar 25, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

“Thousands of innocent people have died in this conflict, and thousands more have been displaced and face tremendous suffering. This... Read more

The Annunciation by Fra Angelico (public domain) via Wikimedia Commons.

Why isn’t the Annunciation celebrated today?

Mar 25, 2024

By Abel Camasca

Every March 25, the solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord is celebrated in the Catholic Church. But not this... Read more