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Pope Francis washes the feet of prisoners in Civitavecchia, Italy, April 14, 2022.

Pope Francis washes prisoners’ feet at Mass on Holy Thursday 2022

Apr 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

The pope offered the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a prison in Civitavecchia. Read more

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Here's how to make a Seven Churches Visitation on Holy Thursday

Apr 14, 2022

By Katie Yoder

The Thursday before Easter, Catholics around the world practice an ancient Lenten tradition — a Holy Thursday devotion — known... Read more

Adoration.

Singing this song on Holy Thursday can purify your soul (and save you time in Purgatory)

Apr 13, 2022

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

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

Pope Francis kisses prisoners’ feet at Rome’s Regina Coeli Prison. March 29, 2018.

Pope Francis will wash feet of 12 prisoners on Holy Thursday 2022

Apr 13, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope will visit the prison of Civitavecchia, outside Rome. Read more

The late Fr. Livinius Esomchi Nnamani in his hospital room

Priest with cancer dies 23 days after his hospital room ordination

Apr 26, 2021

By Courtney Mares

“His altar was the [hospital] bed, where he was able to unite his sufferings to those of Christ." Read more

Giovanni Angelo Becciu, former prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, pictured June 27, 2019.

Report: Pope Francis celebrates Holy Thursday Mass with Cardinal Becciu

Apr 1, 2021

Italian media have reported that Pope Francis celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who resigned... 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’

Apr 1, 2021

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’

Apr 1, 2021

By Courtney Mares

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

The Holy Thursday seven churches devotion

Apr 1, 2021

The Visitation to Seven Churches is a Holy Thursday devotion primarily  practiced in Latin America, Italy, Poland and the Philippines. Read more

Not sure about 'Triduum at Home'? Here are some CNA Holy Week suggestions

Apr 9, 2020

For many Catholics, this will be the first time the days of Holy Week are spent at home. If you’re... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 9, 2020.

Full Text: Pope Francis' Holy Thursday Homily

Apr 9, 2020

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' Holy Thursday homily, delivered April 9 at the Basilica of St. Peter.  Read more

Pope celebrates Mass in St. Peter's on Holy Thursday.

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis recalls priests dying amid pandemic

Apr 9, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis recalled the priests who have lost their lives during the coronavirus crisis as he offered the Mass of... Read more

Sacred Heart of Jesus in Winchester. Courtesy photo

Arlington diocese offers virtual pilgrimage for Holy Thursday

Apr 7, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

With churches closed and strict social distancing in force in many places, the Diocese of Arlington has created a virtual pilgrimage... Read more

Pope Francis kisses the foot of a prisoner during Holy Thursday Mass April 18, 2019.

Pope Francis urges inmates to be at service to one another

Apr 18, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a prison in the suburbs of Rome Thursday, urging the... Read more

Pope Francis washes inmates' feet at Rome's Regina Coeli Prison during the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, March 29, 2018.

Prisoners in Rome thank Francis for 'making sure we're not forgotten'

Mar 31, 2018

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis' Holy Thursday Mass at a prison in Rome was more than just another event for the inmates who... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis to have surgery for cataracts next year

Mar 30, 2018

During a customary visit to a prison on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis revealed that he has cataracts and is planning... Read more

Pope Francis kisses prisoners' feet at Rome's Regina Coeli Prison. March 29, 2018.

Pope Francis to prisoners: Jesus will take a chance on you

Mar 29, 2018

Pope Francis had a message for prison inmates at the Mass for the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday: Jesus does... Read more

A Medieval devotion alive and well for a handful of modern Romans

Apr 14, 2017

By Ann Schneible

In the hours after evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, a few pilgrims in Rome make their... Read more

Pope Francis kisses the feet of an inmate at Paliano prison during Holy Thursday Mass April 13.

You can show God's love even behind bars, Pope Francis tells inmates

Apr 13, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis spent Holy Thursday washing the feet of inmates, telling them in a brief homily that God is someone... Read more

Adoration.

Bishop Conley: Eucharistic adoration can transform our Church

Apr 13, 2017

Eucharistic adoration offers a powerful chance to encounter Christ’s love in silence and humility, and that experience can transform our... Read more