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Pope Francis blesses sacred oils during the Chrism Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on April 17, 2014.

Priests must anoint others with oil of gladness, Pope reflects

Apr 17, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his homily given during the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, Pope Francis spoke on the joy of the priestly... Read more

Pope Francis took part in a Penitential service at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014

Pope Francis: kiss the crucifix, kiss the wounds of Jesus

Apr 16, 2014

By Elise Harris

In his general audience address Pope Francis spoke on the meaning of suffering and evil, explaining that it is a... Read more

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Pope Francis will give Gospels to the imprisoned for Holy Week

Apr 15, 2014

By Elise Harris

The Holy See announced earlier today that those incarcerated at the Roman prison “Regina Coeli” will receive a pocket-sized copy... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica on Jan. 6, 2014.

Pope to say Mass of Lord’s Supper at rehab center for disabled persons

Apr 8, 2014

It was announced April 7 that Pope Francis will say the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday at... Read more


Vatican: Pope washing women inmates' feet a 'beautiful' gesture

Mar 30, 2013

In response to controversy, the Vatican's spokesman has praised Pope Francis' “simple” act of love for including two women among... Read more

Pope Francis prays during the March 29, 2013 Passion of the Lord liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica.

Papal preacher urges Church to remove barriers to the Gospel

Mar 29, 2013

On Good Friday, papal preacher Father Raniero Cantalamessa urged Catholics to seize “this moment in which a new time is... Read more

Some the Lebanese young people who helped write the Stations of the Cross meditations that will be used on March 29, 2013.

Youths who wrote Good Friday meditations ask for peace

Mar 29, 2013

A leader of the Lebanese youth groups that wrote the meditations for today’s Via Crucis at the Coliseum said they... Read more

Pope Francis washes the feet of a juvenile detainee at Casal del Marmo on March 28, 2013.

'I do this with my heart,' Pope says before washing inmates' feet

Mar 28, 2013

Pope Francis recalled for around 40 young detainees how Jesus washed the disciples’ feet and said that he would willingly... Read more

Pope Francis appears on the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica just after his March 13, 2013 election.

Vatican did not expect Pope to visit youth prison

Mar 28, 2013

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Vatican officials thought Pope Francis would only celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, but an invitation from a... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to the priests of Rome on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2013 in St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope to priests: anointing others will strengthen your heart

Mar 28, 2013

The Pope told priests that if they “anoint” others by bringing the grace of God to their everyday realities, they... Read more

American Catholics celebrate Palm Sunday in Rome March 24, 2013.

Survey shows Easter services important for Americans

Mar 27, 2013

About 60 percent of Americans say they intend to go to church for Easter Sunday, with 70 percent of Catholic... Read more


Pope Francis to offer hope by washing young inmates' feet

Mar 27, 2013

Pope Francis’ decision to wash the feet of 12 young people at a juvenile detention center on Holy Thursday is... Read more

Pope Francis holds his first general audience on March 27, 2013 in St. Peter's Square.

Holy Week is time to bring Christ to forgotten, Pope teaches

Mar 27, 2013

Pope Francis said Holy Week is a time for moving beyond a “dull or mechanical” way of living the faith... Read more

Wael Salibi moved to Rome in September 2012. Photo courtesy of Wael Salibi.

Good Friday stations pray for Christian unity in Middle East

Mar 26, 2013

A Syrian Christian who fled the fighting in his country believes that the Good Friday Stations of the Cross at... Read more


Pope plans full Easter schedule with a twist

Mar 25, 2013

Pope Francis will celebrate a full schedule this Holy Week, including washing the feet of youth detainees and leading the... Read more

Pope Francis greets the faithful in St. Peter's Square for Palm Sunday on March 24, 2013.

Pope Francis delights Palm Sunday crowd

Mar 24, 2013

Although his remarks were few before praying the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis pleased the crowd of 250,000... Read more

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

Pope Francis urges Christians to have joy over Cross

Mar 24, 2013

Pope Francis declared on Palm Sunday that Christians must not be sad or discouraged but filled with joy because Jesus... Read more

Students participate in the 2012 Cross pilgrimage in UK. Courtesy of Angela Joyce.

UK pilgrims will carry life-sized cross to historic shrine

Mar 23, 2013

By Kevin J. Jones

About 250 pilgrims of all ages and backgrounds will spend Holy Week helping to carry a life-sized wooden cross to... Read more