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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

Apr 10, 2020

By JD Flynn

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

Apr 10, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Apr 10, 2020

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

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

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 

Apr 7, 2020

By Courtney Mares

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

Apr 4, 2020

“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

Apr 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Apr 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

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

Apr 5, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Mar 30, 2018

By Elise Harris

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

Mar 30, 2018

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

Pope Francis during the veneration of the Cross on Good Friday at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

On Good Friday, papal preacher tells youth to run toward love of Christ

Mar 30, 2018

By Elise Harris

Papal preacher Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa dedicated his Good Friday homily to young people, comparing them to the apostle John and... Read more

Pope Francis lighting the Easter candle, Easter Vigil 2015.

'Opportunities for conversion' - the liturgies of Holy Week

Mar 28, 2018

By Perry West

Any priest will tell you that Easter Sunday Mass is one of the most highly attended of the year, alongside... Read more

Pope Francis prays during the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome, April 3, 2015.

Young people bring faith, simplicity to meditations for papal Via Crucis

Mar 25, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

As the Vatican gears up for the Synod on youth in October, Pope Francis has chosen a group of Italian... Read more

Pope Francis leads prayers for the Way of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum, April 14,  2017.

Pope Francis reflects on sin, Christ's mercy at Stations of the Cross

Apr 14, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis presided over the Stations of the Cross at Rome’s Colosseum on Good Friday, asking Christ’s forgiveness for the... Read more

Pope Francis prostrates himself before the altar of St. Peter's Basilica at the opening of the Good Friday liturgy, March 25, 2016.

Good Friday papal preacher: In a changing world, the cross remains the same

Apr 14, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Even as sinful people in a society filled with violence and increasing secularism, we have hope because Christ's cross perdures,... 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

Good Friday Collection to benefit Holy Land Christians

Mar 21, 2017

As Christians in the Middle East continue to suffer innumerable hardships this Lenten season, the Vatican has announced that this... Read more

Corned beef and cabbage.

Where it's OK to eat corned beef on St. Patrick's Day this Lent

Mar 9, 2017

By Mary Farrow

If you’re an Irish Catholic (or any Catholic) living in the United States, you will need to check with your... Read more

Indiana mayor draws criticism for renaming Good Friday

Nov 22, 2016

Critics say an Indiana mayor's decision to rename the city's Good Friday holiday in the name of inclusivity ended up... Read more