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Irina, from Ukraine, and Albina, from Russia, hold the cross at Rome’s Colosseum, April 15, 2022.

Vatican adapts Good Friday Way of the Cross after outcry in Ukraine

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

The original plan was strongly criticized by Ukrainian Catholic leaders. Read more

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa preaches at the Good Friday liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica, April 15, 2022.

Papal preacher on Good Friday 2022: From Pilate to the internet age, people have turned their backs on Jesus

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa was preaching in St. Peter’s Basilica in the presence of Pope Francis. Read more

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa preaches at the Good Friday liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica, April 15, 2022.

Full text: Cardinal Cantalamessa’s homily at the Vatican’s Good Friday 2022 liturgy

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘This year we celebrate Easter not to the joyful sound of bells, but with the noise in the ears of... Read more

Pope Francis is interviewed by Lorena Bianchetti at the Vatican.

Good Friday 2022: Pope Francis says ‘world has chosen the path of Cain’

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

‘War is everywhere,’ he told interviewer Lorena Bianchetti. Read more

Pilgrims gather for the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome on Good Friday, April 3, 2015.

Full text: Good Friday 2022 Way of the Cross led by Pope Francis

Apr 15, 2022

By CNA Staff

Here is the full text of the Via Crucis at Rome’s Colosseum led by Pope Francis. Read more

Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, prefect of the Vatican Congregation for the Eastern Churches, speaks to EWTN.

How the Good Friday Holy Land collection unites Catholics with the places of Christ’s Passion

Apr 14, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Sandri said: ‘It is truly a providential opportunity for the whole Catholic Church to take advantage of this collection.’ Read more

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Play ball! But go for the peanuts, skip the bratwurst at Good Friday opener

Apr 13, 2022

By Joe Bukuras, Shannon Mullen

Sorry, Cleveland baseball fans (the Catholic ones, anyway), there is no dispensation from fasting and abstaining because of the Guardians’... Read more

Pope Francis prays the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome, Italy, on Good Friday, April 14, 2017.

Ukrainian and Russian families to carry cross at pope’s Good Friday Via Crucis

Apr 11, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The two families will carry a wooden cross together for the 13th station in the Colosseum. Read more

Pope Francis venerates the Cross on Good Friday in St. Peter’s Basilica.

Vatican invites Catholics to pray for peace in Good Friday liturgy

Mar 25, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s liturgy office said it would not be issuing COVID-19 guidelines for Holy Week liturgies this year. Read more

Crucifix inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Catholics urged to give with ‘new vigor’ to Good Friday Holy Land collection

Mar 24, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Sandri said ‘families have suffered beyond measure’ amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, April 14, 2019.

Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week 2022 at the Vatican unveiled

Mar 21, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pope will once again preside over the Via Crucis at the Colosseum on Good Friday. 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

Apr 2, 2021

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

Apr 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Apr 2, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Apr 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

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’

Apr 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

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

Mar 23, 2021

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

Apr 11, 2020

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

Apr 10, 2020

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

Apr 10, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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