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Pope Francis offers Mass on Easter Sunday April 21, 2019.

Pope Francis will offer Easter liturgies in St. Peter's Basilica and with no public

Mar 27, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis will follow a slightly modified schedule this year for the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter, which will... Read more

Pope Francis offers Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square April 21, 2019.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, pope's Easter liturgies closed to public

Mar 14, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis’ liturgies for Holy Week and Easter, which usually include the presence of thousands... Read more

Havana Cathedral.

Salvation is found in Jesus - not in ideologies - says Cuban priest

Apr 23, 2019

While recent policy changes in the U.S. have left the people of Cuba facing increasing uncertainty, the message of the... Read more

A display of Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary is part of Holy Week processions in Seville, Spain.

Holy Week terrorism suspect arrested

Apr 18, 2019

Authorities from Spain and Morocco have arrested a 23-year-old man in Rabat, Morocco, who is suspected of planning an attack ... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates the Chrism Mass April 18, 2019.

Pope Francis: Like holy oil, priests must pour themselves out for others

Apr 18, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The holy oil blessed at the Chrism Mass is a reminder of the priest’s call to be close to 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.

Before Easter comes the 'Triduum' - What's that? A CNA Explainer

Apr 17, 2019

By JD Flynn

Got Triduum questions? CNA has you covered:  Read more

Pope Francis' procession through the crowds bearing palms in St. Peter's Sqaure on Palm Sunday 2019.

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: True triumph is found in Christ’s humility

Apr 14, 2019

By Courtney Mares

On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis warned against the temptation of “triumphalism,” encouraging Catholics to follow Jesus’s way of humility and... Read more

Palm crosses.

This Sunday, where will the millions of palms come from?

Apr 13, 2019

By Adelaide Mena

With the arrival of Palm Sunday, Catholics across the globe will soon be handed spiky leaves as they walk into... Read more

Priests concelebrate at the Miao diocese Chrism Mass on March 27, 2015.

What Holy Week looks like in a remote Indian diocese

Mar 31, 2018

By Carl Bunderson

In the Diocese of Miao, located in India's northeasternmost state of Arunachal Pradesh, Bishop George Pallipparambil does not stay quietly... 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

Stations of the Cross at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Rome.

How American seminarians in Rome celebrate Holy Week

Mar 30, 2018

By Elise Harris

For American seminarians at the Pontifical North American college in Rome, Holy Week liturgies take on new life and dimension,... 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

Bishop James Wall greets young parishioners in the Diocese of Gallup. Courtesy photo

How a Church on the 'peripheries' celebrates Easter

Mar 29, 2018

By Perry West

As the Catholic Church prepares to receive thousands of Catholic converts this Easter, Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup, N.M., is... 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 waves to pilgrims during his March 28, 2018 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis: A person transformed by Christ cannot be corrupt

Mar 28, 2018

By Elise Harris

The Easter Triduum is the most important time of year for Christians, Pope Francis said Wednesday, and stressed that those... Read more

Pope Francis venerating the cross on Good Friday, 2015.

How to get holy during Holy Week

Mar 26, 2018

As Catholics around the world are buying Easter candy and dyeing boiled eggs, two priests have offered suggestions for getting... 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

Pope Francis greets pilgrims during his March 11, 2015 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

In new interview, Pope says to never give up hope for conversion

Apr 13, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis has given an interview ahead of his Holy Thursday visit to a prison, warning, among other things, against... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Chrism Mass in St. Peters Basilica April 13 2017.

The Gospel is never gloomy, but joyful, Pope tells priests

Apr 13, 2017

By Elise Harris

During his annual Chrism Mass for Holy Week Pope Francis told priests to always convey the truth and mercy of... Read more

The host allegedly began to bleed during adoration.

A bleeding host in Argentina? Bishop investigates alleged Eucharistic miracle

Apr 12, 2017

A bishop in the Argentine province in Santa Fe is investigating a Eucharistic host that appeared to bleed during adoration... Read more