Christ's Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection. / Credit: Alexander Ivanov

Why the Catholic Church Celebrates Easter Monday Under the Title "Monday of the Angel"

Apr 1, 2024

In many countries in Europe and South America, this day, also known as “Little Easter,” is a national holiday.

Pope Francis arrives at the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in St. Peter's Basilica on Good Friday on April 7, 2023. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

What are the Good Friday Reproaches?

Mar 29, 2024

The Good Friday Reproaches are a series of antiphons, known also as “Popule Meus” (“My people”), coming from the opening lines of the Latin text of the recitation.

Pope Francis at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 8, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Here is Pope Francis’ Schedule for Holy Week and Easter 2024 at the Vatican

Feb 29, 2024

The schedule includes five papal liturgies, Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum, and other traditions to mark the most sacred week of the year.

Christ's Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection / | Alexander Ivanov

The Catholic Church Celebrates Easter Monday Under the Title "Monday of the Angel"

Apr 10, 2023

On Easter Monday, the Catholic Church celebrates what’s called “Monday of the Angel.” In many countries in Europe and South America, this day, also known as “Little Easter,” is a national holiday.

Pope Francis greets pilgrims from the pope mobile in St. Peter’s Square on April 5, 2023. | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis’ Advice for Holy Week: Look to the Cross, Our Hope is There

Apr 5, 2023

Pope Francis has offered advice for how to have a fruitful Holy Week, urging people to focus on the essentials and look to the cross as the source of hope.

Pope Francis at the Divine Mercy Sunday Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on April 24, 2022. Vatican Media

Divine Mercy Sunday 2022: Pope Francis Preaches on Peace that God's Mercy Brings

Apr 24, 2022

Pope Francis explained three ways that God's mercy should bring about peace in the lives of Christians.

Pope Francis prays at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 16, 2022. Daniel Ibanez/CNA

The Risen Lord Has Robbed Evil of its Power: Pope Francis at Easter Vigil Mass

Apr 16, 2022

Pope Francis did not preside over the Easter Vigil Mass, but he delivered the homily and baptized seven people.

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

"Never tire of seeking the risen Christ": Pope Francis at Regina Coeli, Easter Monday

Apr 5, 2021

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

Pope Francis lights a candle at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2021. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

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

Apr 3, 2021

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

The interior of the Holy Family Cathedral in Kenya's Nairobi Archdiocese. / Public Domain

Kenyan Catholic Activists, Religious Leaders Want Churches Opened for Easter Celebrations

Mar 29, 2021

Hope for this year’s Easter celebrations for a section of Kenyans crashed on Sunday, March 28 when their respective places of worship remained closed for a second time in adherence to the presidential directives of last Friday.

Christ's Resurrection our Hope of Life

Church Leaders Across Africa Share Messages of Hope amid “silent Easter” Celebrations

Apr 15, 2020

Bishops in Africa have, individually and collectively, offered messages of hope to the people of God on the continent in their respective Easter messages amid “silent Easter” celebrations due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

Pope Francis celebrates a morning Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta. Credit: Vatican Media.

COVID-19 Crisis Forces Us to Choose Between Life and Love of Money, Says Pope Francis

Apr 13, 2020

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

Triduum liturgies took place in an empty St. Peter's Basilica due to the pandemic. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis' Easter Special Apostolic Blessing "Urbi et Orbi" Message 2020: Full text

Apr 12, 2020

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

Pope Francis gives his Easter message before the Urbi et Orbi blessing on April 12, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis’ Easter Blessing: May Christ "heal the wounds of an afflicted humanity"

Apr 12, 2020

In his Easter blessing, Pope Francis called on humanity to unite in solidarity and look to the risen Christ for hope amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Cardinal George Pell, Prefect Emeritus of the Secretariat for the Economy

“One day, we will see them all”: Cardinal Pell to Italians about Those Dead of COVID-19

Apr 12, 2020

In a video message sent to his Italian friends to mark Easter Sunday, Cardinal George Pell recalled the joy of Christ’s Resurrection, and said that despite coronavirus measures He is close to each of us.

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

Famed Italian Singer Andrea Bocelli to 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 in Milan. The performer says he aims to send a message of hope, love, and healing to the world amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

Crowds pray the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum with Pope Francis on Good Friday 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Beauty, Drama and Pinpoint Silence: Easter Triduum Memories from Rome

Apr 11, 2020

As Christians reflect on the reality of the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ during these three momentous days, several Catholics living in Rome have recalled their favorite memories of the Easter Triduum in the Eternal City.

Rev. Dr.  Kwabena Opuni Frimpong

Ghanaian Cleric Suggests Change of Easter Date amid Calls for Online Church Services

Mar 19, 2020

Following a presidential directive to suspend all public religious activities in Ghana for four weeks in a bid to contain the spread of COVID-19, a religious leader in the west African country has called for the setting of a new date for Easter celebration, expressing concerns that the suspension extends beyond the current date Easter Sunday, April 12.

Pope Francis offers Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square April 21, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Pope's Easter Liturgies Closed to Public

Mar 15, 2020

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis’ liturgies for Holy Week and Easter, which usually include the presence of thousands of people, will be held without public attendance this year.