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Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his April 12, 2017, general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis: we find hope in embracing our crosses with love

Apr 12, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

As the Church this week reflects on Jesus’ crucifixion and death, Pope Francis said that it is the cross that... Read more

Prayer candles.

Global bishops unite in prayer following Egypt church bombings

Apr 10, 2017

By Matt Hadro

Following the murder of Christians in Egypt through two bombings during Palm Sunday liturgies, bishops around the world joined Pope... Read more

Pope Francis blesses palms during Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square April 9, 2017.

This Holy Week, look for Jesus in those who suffer, Pope says

Apr 9, 2017

By Elise Harris

On Palm Sunday Pope Francis said that as Holy Week begins, we should contemplate not only the glory with which... Read more

Pope Francis washes the feet of migrants and refugees during Holy Thursday Mass March 24, 2016.

An emotional Mass for migrants with Pope Francis

Mar 24, 2016

By Elise Harris

During a Mass in Rome on Holy Thursday Pope Francis washed the feet of migrants and refugees, many of whom... Read more

Priests concelebrate with Pope Francis during the Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica March 24, 2016.

Your task is to incarnate mercy, Pope Francis tells priests

Mar 24, 2016

By Elise Harris

During Holy Thursday’s Chrism Mass Pope Francis focused on the topic of mercy, telling priests that one of their primary... Read more

Pope Francis leads procession of palms in St. Peter's Square on Palm Sunday March 20, 2016.

Humility is the epitome of redemption, Pope Francis says on Palm Sunday

Mar 20, 2016

By Elise Harris

On Palm Sunday Pope Francis said the path toward salvation can be summed up by humility and service, and encouraged... Read more

The Passion.

All-star 'Passion' musical aims to tell the Gospel story in a new key

Mar 18, 2016

By Kevin J. Jones

Actor and singer Jencarlos Canela will play the role of Jesus in a live musical dramatization of The Passion on... 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 kisses an inmate's foot at Rome's Rebibbia New Complex Prison April 2.

Pope Francis to inmates: 'I too need to be washed by the Lord'

Apr 2, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis on Holy Thursday told inmates of a Rome prison that God’s love is personal and endless, emphasizing that... Read more

The Last Supper on the wall of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Oct. 29, 2014.

Passover and the Passion: Jewish roots enrich Holy Week celebrations

Apr 2, 2015

By Adelaide Mena

As Catholics around the globe prepare for the Easter Triduum, the three-day period beginning with Holy Thursday and culminating in... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Holy Thrusday's Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica April 2, 2015.

Don't flirt with spiritual worldliness, Pope cautions priests

Apr 2, 2015

By Elise Harris

During Holy Thursday’s Chrism Mass Pope Francis warned priests not to fall into a tiredness that leads to worldliness, and... Read more

Pope Francis.

Blood of the martyrs sustains the Church, Pope reflects

Apr 1, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis, in his General Audience address for Holy Week, said that the Christian martyrs of today, by the shedding... Read more

Piece of Colomba cake.

A sweet sign of hope: Pope's envoy returns to Iraq with Easter cake

Mar 29, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis' personal envoy to Iraq will return to the country during Holy Week, bringing with him the pontiff's love... Read more

Pope Francis leads procession of palms in St. Peter's Square on Palm Sunday March 29, 2015.

Holy Week is about humility – there is no other way, Pope says

Mar 29, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday said that imitating the humility of Jesus is what makes Holy Week “holy,” and encouraged... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass on March 24, 2013 in St. Peter's Square.

Got plans for Holy Week? Pope Francis does

Mar 22, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis' full slate of events for Holy Week includes plans for a traditional Stations of the Cross, Easter Masses... Read more

Pope Francis gives the homily during the Easter Vigil at St. Peter's Basilica on April 19, 2014.

Pope: Easter invites return to our first encounter with Jesus

Apr 19, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily for the Easter Vigil Pope Francis encouraged those present to remember the moment they first felt the... 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

Pope Francis greets the elderly and disabled persons following his Holy Thursday Mass at Rome's Don Gnocchi facility

Pope urges faithful to serve with radical love of Jesus

Apr 17, 2014

By Elise Harris

During his homily for Holy Thursday’s Mass at a center for disabled persons, Pope Francis reflected on how Jesus washed... Read more