Pope Francis decided, for the second year in a row, to celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which begins the Easter Triduum, with the marginalized. This year he chose St. Mary of Providence of the Don Gnocchi Foundation in Rome,a center for the elderly and disabled. His choice shows continuity with last year...read more
Pope Francis highlighted priestly joy during the Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica this Holy Thursday morning. Addressing his brother priests, Francis said there is a gift of joy inside a priest that is not intended to stay only for him, but to be for all God’s people. The Holy Father directed their attention...
Here are the texts of the meditations for Good Friday's Way of the Cross, which will be led by Pope Francis at the Colosseum. The texts were written by ArchbishopGiancarlo Maria Bregantiniof Campobasso-Boiano. * * * INTRODUCTION He who saw this has testified so that you also may believe. His testimony is tr...
“We are living Holy Week, but we also feel the weight of Good Friday and the divisions of Christians” His Beatitude Patriarch Fouad Twal tells ZENIT ahead of the Holy Father’s trip to the Holy Land, adding that “the conversion of hearts will help to pull down the walls that divide Jerusalem.” ZENIT: How is Holy ...
Quote for April 17th
"If I, then, the Lord and Master, have washed your feet, you should wash each other's feet."
- John 13:14
The leaderof Catholics inSyriahas issued adesperate plea for international help, describing how one child was killed and 60 others were injured when a bomb landed on a school playground …read more
-- Isaiah 52:13-53:12 Psalm 31:2, 6, 12-13, 15-16, 17, 25 Hebrews 4:14-16; 5:7-9 John 18:1-19:42 There is an excellent new book by Brant Pitre on Jesus the Bridegroom (Image 2014). It has …read more
Students from more than 200 universities around the world gather every year in Rome during Holy Week for the UNIV forum, sponsored by Opus Dei. "TheEcology of the Person and His Environment" …read more
-- Exodus 12:1-8, 11-14 Psalm 116:12-13, 15-16bc, 17-18 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 John 13:1-15 On the night of the Last Supper, when Jesus washes the feet of his disciples, God descends to the …read more
The Cuban government has issued a directive making Good Friday an annual holiday. The decision comes in response to a request made by Pope Benedict XVI to President Raul Castro during his …read more
The bishops conference of England and Wales has issued a statement saying that Pope Francis did not intend public distribution of the answers to the questionnaire on marriage and family life …read more
Here is a translation of Pope Francis' homily at this morning's Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. * * * Dear Brother Priests, In the eternal "today" of Holy Thursday, when Christ showed …read more
In the aftermath of the sexual revolution of 1960s — which espoused sex education, the contraceptive mentality, no-fault divorce, and legalized abortion on demand — an anti-life and …read more