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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

Pope Francis adores the crucifix during the Good Friday liturgy at St. Peter's Basilica April 2, 2021.

Full text: Cardinal Cantalamessa's homily at the Vatican's Good Friday liturgy

On Good Friday, Pope Francis celebrated the Liturgy of the Passion of the Lord at the Altar of the Chair... Read more

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa preaches at the Good Friday liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica April 2, 2021.

Papal preacher on Good Friday: Political ideologies wound fraternity in the Catholic Church

Politics turned into ideologies have wounded fraternity in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., said at the Vatican’s... Read more

Pope John Paul II holds a crucifix carved by Stanisław Trafalski on Good Friday 2005

‘O crux, ave spes unica!’: The story of the crucifix St. John Paul II held on his last Good Friday

Days before his death, Pope John Paul II was pictured holding a crucifix in his private chapel on Good Friday.... Read more

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The Good Friday tradition of the ‘Last Words of Christ’

Begun in Peru in the 1600s, the tradition of reflecting on the last words of Christ from the cross is... Read more

Pilgrims participate in the Good Friday Via Crucis with Pope Francis March 30, 2018.

Scouts and parish kids write meditations for this year’s Vatican Way of the Cross

Pope Francis has chosen a scouting group from central Italy and kids from a Roman parish to prepare the meditations... Read more

Virginia Governor, Ralph Northam speaking in front of Alexandria City Hall, March 2019.

Virginia bishops condemn Good Friday signing of abortion bill

Virginia’s Catholic bishops lamented a decision by the state’s governor to sign abortion legislation passed in the Virginia legislature earlier... Read more

Pope Francis presides at the Stations of the Cross outside St. Peter's Basilica.

At Via Crucis, Pope Francis prays for those serving the suffering

Pope Francis prayed for those who are serving the suffering as he presided at the Stations of the Cross in... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square April 17, 2019.

'I am close to the People of God': Pope startles host with call on live TV

“I am close, I am close to you all,” Pope Francis said on Good Friday, making a surprise call-in to... Read more

Archbishop Jose Gomez prays on Good Friday in the Los Angeles Cathedral.

Gomez, and Catholics across the US, look to the Sacred Heart in Good Friday litany

Isolated in their homes on a Good Friday unlike any other, Catholics across America tuned in April 10 for a... Read more

Pope Francis prays by the crucifix in St. Peter's Basilica April 10, 2020.

The cross has changed the meaning of suffering, says papal preacher on Good Friday

Through his death on the cross, Jesus has redeemed all human pain, including the suffering caused by the coronavirus pandemic,... Read more

Fr. Cantalamessa preaches on Good Friday, April 19, 2019.

Full text: Fr. Cantalamessa's homily for Good Friday

Here is the full text of the Good Friday homily of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., delivered April 10 at... Read more

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

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

The Descent from the Cross, also known as Pieta, statue inside the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris before the fire.

Notre-Dame Cathedral to broadcast crown of thorns veneration on Good Friday 

One year after the world watched the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris burn, the Archbishop of Paris will display the... Read more

A statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus inside the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Rome, Italy. June 9, 2015.

Archbishop Gomez to lead Good Friday Sacred Heart litany

“This Holy Week will be different. Our churches may be closed, but Christ is not quarantined and his Gospel is... Read more

Stations of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum April 19, 2019.

At Colosseum Stations of the Cross, Pope Francis prays for abused minors

Pope Francis’ prayer at Good Friday’s Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum included a plea for abused youth and... Read more

Pope Francis prostrates himself before the altar of St. Peter's Basilica at the opening of the Good Friday liturgy April 19, 2019.

Good Friday at the Vatican: Christ is among the pariahs

At the Vatican’s Good Friday service, the papal preacher connected Christ’s Passion with all in history who have suffered the... Read more

The Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome, April 3, 2015.

Pope’s Via Crucis to highlight suffering of trafficked people

The pope’s annual Good Friday Stations of the Cross, held at the Colosseum, will be written by a religious sister... Read more

Pilgrims participate in the Good Friday Via Crucis with Pope Francis March 30, 2018.

At Stations of the Cross, Pope asks for grace to be ashamed of our sins

During his annual Good Friday Via Crucis at the Colosseum, Pope Francis made a heartfelt prayer asking God to give... Read more

For Christians in Syria, Holy Week is a time for renewing faith

Christians in Syria have suffered greatly in recent years. Between the Syrian civil war and ISIS occupation, many have lost... Read more