Pope Francis presides at the Vatican's chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, March 28, 2024. / Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA

On Holy Thursday, Pope Francis Asks Priests to Weep Over their Sins

Mar 28, 2024

Pope Francis encouraged the priests to turn their gaze upon the crucified Lord and weep over their sins in repentance, saying tears can “purify and heal the heart.”

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?

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 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 celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Square for Easter 2022 | Daniel Ibanez/CNA

Here is Pope Francis’ Schedule for Holy Week and Easter 2023

Apr 1, 2023

Palm Sunday marks the start of one of the most full and beautiful liturgical periods of the Catholic Church year.

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.