Holy Week

Pope Francis kisses the crucifix at the Liturgy of the Lord's Passion in St. Peter's Basilica on April 7, 2023. | Vatican Media

Good Friday: Papal Preacher Warns against Relativism, “black hole of spiritual universe”

Apr 7, 2023

At the Vatican’s Good Friday liturgy, the papal preacher warned against the danger of believers being drawn into the “vortex of nihilism” by the post-modern world’s "total relativism."

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.

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How to obtain a plenary indulgence during Holy Week 2023

Apr 3, 2023

A plenary indulgence is a grace granted by the Catholic Church through the merits of Jesus Christ, Mary and all the saints to remove the temporal punishment due to sin.

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Churches in Mauritius to Remain Closed During Holy Week amid COVID-19 Restrictions

Mar 25, 2021

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Mauritius has directed that churches in the country remain closed during Holy Week in line with restrictions, which the government of the Indian Ocean Island nation put in place to control the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

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Bishops in Kenya Encourage Broadcast, Livestreaming of Holy Week’s Liturgical Celebrations

Mar 20, 2021

Amid restrictions placed on the number of congregants during public worship in Kenya, Catholic Bishops in the East African nation have encouraged the broadcast of the Holy Week’s liturgical celebrations on various media, including livestreaming. 

Pope Francis celebrates the Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord in St. Peter's Basilica April 14, 2017. Credit: L'Osservatore Romano.

Toward Holy Week 2021: Vatican Issues Guidelines for Catholics amid COVID-19 Restrictions

Feb 17, 2021

The Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments issued guidelines on Wednesday for the celebration of Holy Week this year in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis celebrates the Easter Vigil April 11, 2020. Credit: EWTN-CNA Photo/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool.

At Easter Vigil, Pope Francis Urges Christians to Be “messengers of life amid death"

Apr 11, 2020

Pope Francis urged Christians to be “messengers of life in a time of death” as he celebrated the Easter Vigil in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis celebrates the Easter Vigil April 11, 2020. Credit: EWTN-CNA Photo/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool.

Pope Francis’ Homily at the Easter Vigil: Full Text

Apr 11, 2020

The full prepared text of the Easter Vigil homily of Pope Francis, delivered April 11 at St. Peter's Basilica.

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.

Pope Francis presides at the Stations of the Cross outside St. Peter's Basilica. Credit: Vatican Media

At Good Friday's Way of the Cross, Pope Francis Prays for Those Serving the Suffering

Apr 10, 2020

Pope Francis prayed for those who are serving the suffering as he presided at the Stations of the Cross in a deserted St. Peter’s Square on Good Friday evening.

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square April 17, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Pope Startles Host with Call on Live TV, Says "I am close to the People of God"

Apr 10, 2020

“I am close, I am close to you all,” Pope Francis said on Good Friday, making a surprise call-in to a live Italian television program.

Pope Francis prays by the crucifix in St. Peter's Basilica April 10, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

The Cross has Changed the Meaning of Suffering, Says Papal Preacher on Good Friday

Apr 10, 2020

Through his death on the cross, Jesus has redeemed all human pain, including the suffering caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., said at the Vatican on Good Friday.

Fr. Cantalamessa preaches on Good Friday, April 19, 2019. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA.

Full Text: Fr. Cantalamessa's Homily for Good Friday

Apr 10, 2020

Here is the full text of the Good Friday homily of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., delivered April 10 at St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope celebrates Mass in St. Peter's on Holy Thursday. Credit: EWTN-CNA Photo/Daniel Ibáñez/Vatican Pool.

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis Recalls Priests Dying amid COVID-19 Pandemic

Apr 9, 2020

Pope Francis recalled the priests who have lost their lives during the coronavirus crisis as he offered the Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica.

Pope Francis offers Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on April 9, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media/CNA.

Full Text: Pope Francis' Holy Thursday Homily

Apr 9, 2020

Here is the full text of Pope Francis' Holy Thursday homily, delivered April 9 at the Basilica of St. Peter.

Pope Francis prays during Palm Sunday Mass April 5, 2020. / Vatican Media/CNA.

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: Let Us Stand Before the Crucifix in Our Homes

Apr 5, 2020

On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis offered Mass in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Basilica and urged Catholics quarantined at home to remember "what really matters" in life: loving God and serving others.

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.