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Latest stories: Holy Week 2021

Pope Francis prays before the Easter fire in St. Peter's Basilica on April 3, 2021. / Vatican Media/CNA /

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

Here is the full text of the Easter Vigil homily of Pope Francis, delivered April 3 at St. Peter's Basilica.

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

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

Pope Francis Tells Priests at Chrism Mass: "The cross is non-negotiable"

Pope Francis told priests at Thursday’s Chrism Mass at the Vatican that “the cross is non-negotiable” when preaching the Gospel.

Pope Francis at his general audience in the library of the Apostolic Palace March 31, 2021. / Vatican Media. /

In Christ’s Passion, We Remember Victims of Wars, Daily Violence, Abortions: Pope Francis

At his general audience, Pope Francis said that Holy Week is a time to “remember the ‘sacrificed lambs,’ the innocent victims of wars, dictatorships, everyday violence, abortions.”

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica on March 28, 2021 / Vatican Media. /

Lift Your Eyes to the Cross in Holy Week: Pope Francis on Palm Sunday

Pope Francis urged Catholics to focus on the cross during Holy Week as he celebrated Mass on Palm Sunday.

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica March 28, 2021. / Vatican Media /

At Angelus, Pope Francis Prays for Indonesian Catholics Injured in Palm Sunday Bombing

At the Angelus, Pope Francis prayed for Indonesian Catholics injured in a bombing as they left a Palm Sunday Mass.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo, pictured Sept. 26, 2016. / Tino Adi P/Shutterstock. /

Indonesian President Condemns Palm Sunday Bombing at Catholic Cathedral

Indonesian President Joko Widodo condemned a bomb attack at a Catholic cathedral after a Palm Sunday Mass that killed two suspects and wounded at least 20 people.

Pope Francis at the Vatican on Palm Sunday. / Credit: Bohumil Petrik / ACI Africa

This Sunday, where will the palms come from?

With the arrival of Palm Sunday, Catholics across the globe will soon be handed spiky leaves. Kids will poke each other with them. But it's safe to say most won't know where they came from.

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

Papal Liturgies for Holy Week to be Much Smaller than Usual Once Again amid COVID-19

The Vatican has published Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week at the Vatican this year.