Easter 2024

Father Javier Sánchez, 60, from the Archdiocese of Zaragoza in Spain died April 4, 2024, a victim of burns suffered when his liturgical vestments caught fire from a candle during the Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 30. / Credit: Óscar Cortel/Archbishopric of Zaragoza

Spanish Catholic Priest Dies from Burns Suffered during Lighting of Easter Fire on Holy Saturday

Apr 4, 2024

According to the Spanish newspaper El Heraldo de Aragón, sources from the archdiocese said Father Javier Sánchez “tried to protect the nuns of the convent."

Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov's Appearance of Christ to Mary Magdalene (1835). / null

Here’s when Easter 2024 Officially Ends

Apr 4, 2024

Easter lasts for a total of 50 days, from Easter Sunday until the feast of Pentecost.

Pope Francis delivers the Regina Caeli address on Monday, Apr. 1, 2024 / Vatican Media

Pope Francis: The resurrection of Jesus changes our lives completely and forever

Apr 1, 2024

“Brothers, sisters, the joy of the Resurrection is not something far away. It is very close; it is ours because it was given to us on the day of our baptism.”

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.

With the incense burned from the newly blessed fire, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, incenses the "Stone of Anointing," located at the entrance of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, where, according to tradition, the body of Jesus was anointed and prepared with aromatic oils for burial. March 30, 2024. / Credit: Marinella Bandini

"The mother of all holy vigils": Jerusalem Basilica is First Place to Announce Easter

Apr 1, 2024

In the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, the church of the Lord’s resurrection, the Easter Vigil is held on Saturday morning instead of at night.

Pope Francis gives his urbi et orbi message and blessing from the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica on March 31, 2024. / Credit: Vatican Media

May the Risen Christ Open a Path of Peace in the Holy Land: Pope Francis in 2024 Easter Sunday Blessing

Mar 31, 2024

In his Easter Sunday blessing, Pope Francis asked the risen Lord to open paths of peace in the Holy Land, Ukraine, and all regions suffering from violence.

Pope Francis gives his urbi et orbi Easter blessing from the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica on March 31, 2024. / Credit: Pablo Esparza/CNA

Full text of Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi Blessing for Easter 2024

Mar 31, 2024

Here is the full text of the pope’s urbi et orbi message and blessing from the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica on the morning of Easter Sunday 2024.

Pope Francis presides at the Vatican's Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 30, 2024 / Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Pope Francis at Easter Vigil: Christ "is the one who brings us from darkness into light"

Mar 30, 2024

“This is the Pasch of Christ, the revelation of God’s power: the victory of life over death, the triumph of light over darkness, the rebirth of hope amid the ruins of failure. It is the Lord, the God of the impossible, who rolled away the stone forever,” the pope said on Saturday.

Pope Francis speaks at the Vatican's Easter Vigil, March 30, 2024 / Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Full Text: Pope Francis’ Homily for Easter Vigil 2024 at the Vatican

Mar 30, 2024

The Holy Father delivered the homily late in the evening at the vigil in St. Peter's Basilica.

A stripped altar on Holy Thursday 2015 at Mater Dei Parish in Irving, Texas. / Credit: Mater Dei Latin Mass parish via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

What is the "sacred triduum"? A Catholic News Agency Explainer

Mar 28, 2024

At the end of Lent, right before Easter, the Catholic Church observes the “sacred triduum.” What is it?