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Pope Francis delivers a Regina Coeli address in the library of the Apostolic Palace.

Pope Francis at the Regina Coeli: ‘Never tire of seeking the risen Christ’

Apr 5, 2021

At the Regina Coeli, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to “never tire of seeking the risen Christ.” Read more

Pope Francis lights a candle at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2021.

Pope Francis at Easter Vigil: 'The Risen Lord loves us without limits'

Apr 3, 2021

By Courtney Mares

At Vatican's Easter Vigil Mass, Pope Francis said that Jesus’ love is without limits and always provides the grace to... Read more

The paschal candle in St. Peter's Basilica.

The Easter Vigil: ‘the mother of all vigils’

Apr 3, 2021

By ACI Prensa

The Easter Vigil, which takes place Holy Saturday night, “is the greatest and most noble of all solemnities and it... Read more

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

Easter celebrations return to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Mar 31, 2021

Christians will celebrate Easter at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre this year after the storied church remained closed last... Read more

Why the date of Holy Week changes every year

Mar 31, 2021

By ACI Prensa

Every year the dates of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday vary. Read more

Cardinal Kurt Koch, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, in Rome on Oct. 23, 2019.

Vatican cardinal supports common Easter date for Catholics, Orthodox

Mar 12, 2021

The president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, Cardinal Kurt Koch, has supported a suggestion that Catholics and Orthodox... Read more

The Catholic Church celebrates Easter Monday under the title 'Monday of the Angel'

Mar 4, 2021

By ACI Prensa

On Easter Monday, the Catholic Church celebrates what’s called “Monday of the Angel.” In many countries in Europe and South... Read more

Fr. Carlo Purgatorio celebrates the rooftop Mass in Rome.

Roman priest offers Easter Mass on church roof amid coronavirus

Apr 14, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

A pastor at a church in Rome offered Easter Mass from the roof of the church so nearby parishioners could... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates a morning Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta.

The coronavirus crisis forces us to choose between life and love of money, says pope

Apr 13, 2020

We face a fundamental choice as we seek to resolve the coronavirus crisis, Pope Francis said during his morning Mass... Read more

Triduum liturgies took place in an empty St. Peter's Basilica due to the pandemic.

Full text: Pope Francis' Easter Urbi et Orbi Message 2020

Apr 12, 2020

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' Urbi et Orbi message, delivered April 12 at the Basilica of St.... Read more

Pope Francis gives his Easter message before the Urbi et Orbi blessing on April 12, 2020.

Pope Francis’ Easter blessing: May Christ dispel the darkness of our suffering humanity

Apr 12, 2020

By Courtney Mares

In his Easter blessing, Pope Francis called on humanity to unite in solidarity and look to the risen Christ for... Read more

Andrea Bocelli's "Music for Hope" performance will take place Easter Sunday from Milan. Courtesy photo.

Andrea Bocelli will livestream Easter concert from Milan cathedral

Apr 11, 2020

Famed Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli will livestream on Easter Sunday a solo concert from the Santa Maria Nascente cathedral... Read more

Crowds pray the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum with Pope Francis on Good Friday 2019.

Beauty, drama and pinpoint silence: Easter Triduum memories from Rome

Apr 11, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

As Christians reflect on the reality of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ during these three momentous days,... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal Pell’s Easter message: ‘We can redeem our suffering by joining it to His’

Apr 10, 2020

Cardinal George Pell said Friday that suffering can be offered to God for good, and that Christians see Christ in... 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

Governor Laura Kelly delivers her inaugural speech is front of the steps of the Kansas State Capitol building, Jan 2019.

Kansas limits Easter church services to 10 people or less

Apr 9, 2020

The state of Kansas is limiting religious services to no more than ten people for Easter as part of measures... Read more

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

Sri Lankan soldiers stand guard outside St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, April 29, 2019.

New safety measures in place after Sri Lanka bombings

Apr 29, 2019

One week after the Sri Lanka Easter bombings, authorities continue to seek those responsible for the violence, while enacting new... Read more

Quasimodo Sunday: How the Hunchback got his name

Apr 28, 2019

As fire ravaged the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris earlier this month, one artist from Ecuador used her... Read more