Good Friday

Tens of thousands gather outside of the Colosseum in Rome for the Via Crucis, the Way of the Cross, on Good Friday, March 29, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibañez/CNA

Pope Francis Skips Way of the Cross in Rome, Tens of Thousands Pray his Meditations

Mar 29, 2024

In an apparent last-minute decision, Pope Francis skipped the Way of the Cross ceremony held at Rome's Colosseum on Friday to safeguard his health ahead of Easter liturgies. 

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.

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 is interviewed by Lorena Bianchetti at the Vatican. Screenshot from A Sua Immagine.

"World has chosen the path of Cain", Pope Francis in Interview Aired Good Friday 2022

Apr 15, 2022

‘War is everywhere,’ he told interviewer Lorena Bianchetti.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square, April 14, 2019. Vatican Media.

Pope Francis’ Schedule for Holy Week Unveiled, to Preside Over Liturgies in Public

Mar 21, 2022

The pope will once again preside over the Via Crucis at the Colosseum on Good Friday.


“Good Friday calls on leaders in Nigeria to work for a better world”: Nigerian Bishop

Apr 2, 2021

Good Friday, the second of the three days of the Pascal Triduum commemorating the day Jesus was crucified at Calvary, invites leaders to look at the life of Jesus Christ and work toward “a better world,” a Nigerian Bishop says in a reflection shared with ACI Africa.

Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa preaches at the Good Friday liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica April 2, 2021. / Credit: Vatican Media.

Political Ideologies Wound Fraternity in Catholic Church: Papal preacher on Good Friday

Apr 2, 2021

Politics turned into ideologies have wounded fraternity in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap., said at the Vatican’s Passion of the Lord liturgy on Good Friday.

Pope John Paul II holds a crucifix carved by Stanisław Trafalski on Good Friday 2005 / Screenshot from TV Trwam.

The story of Crucifix St. John Paul II Held on His Last Good Friday

Apr 2, 2021

Days before his death, Pope John Paul II was pictured holding a crucifix in his private chapel on Good Friday. This is the remarkable story of that crucifix.

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.