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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

Pope Francis at Good Friday liturgy held at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

For Pope Francis, Good Friday shrouded in grief over persecuted Christians

Apr 3, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Both Pope Francis' Good Friday service at the Vatican and the Stations of the Cross held at the Colosseum later... Read more

Fr. Cantalamessa speaks during Good Friday's liturgy at St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2015.

True martyrs die in prayer – not with clenched fists, papal preacher says

Apr 3, 2015

By Ann Schneible

In his homily for the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord on Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa... Read more

Pope Francis leads pilgrims in the Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum for Good Friday on April 18, 2014.

Pope leads thousands in Stations of the Cross reflections

Apr 18, 2014

By Elise Harris

Following his celebration of the liturgy commemorating the Lord's Passion, Pope Francis led pilgrims in the traditional prayer of the... Read more

Papal Preacher Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa after giving the homily during Good Friday's Passion liturgy on April 18, 2014

Papal preacher slams 'curse' of money-driven corruption

Apr 18, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily for Good Friday’s Passion liturgy, Papal Preacher Raniero Cantalamessa decried the poisonous actions of those who exploit... Read more

Pilgrims gather in Cuba for Mass during Pope Benedict's visit in March 2012.

Cuban government makes Good Friday official holiday

Apr 17, 2014

After granting temporary permission for Cubans to celebrate Good Friday in 2012 and 2013, the Cuban government has decided grant... Read more