For the second year in a row, Pope Francis has celebrated the Mass of the Lord's Supper, which begins the Easter Triduum, with the marginalized. This year the Mass took place at St. Mary of Providence of the Don Gnocchi Foundation in Rome,a center for the elderly and disabled. Last year, he celebrated Mass on Ho...read more
Here is the Good Friday homily delivered today in St. Peter's Basilica by Capuchin FatherRaniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the Pontifical Household. * * * “Judas was Standing with Them” (Jn 18:5) In the divine-human history of the passion of Jesus, there are many minor stories about men and women who entere...
Pope Francis had lunch with ten Roman priests on Holy Thursday, the day when the Church celebrates the institution of the Eucharist and the ministerial priesthood. Shortly before the lunch, the Pope visited the home of the Archbishop Angelo Becciu, substitute of the Secretariat of State, where he spent over an ho...
Conversion and confession, justice and pastoralness, liberty and truth - all concepts of ecclesial doctrine that risk remaining abstract if not applied to the concrete reality of people, to their wounds and to their sins. Then there's the question: must the Church adapt herself to the exigencies of the times, to th...
Quote for April 18th
“It is to the Cross that the Christian is challenged to follow his Master: no path of redemption can make a detour around it.”
― Hans Urs von Balthasar, Unless You Become Like This Child
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 …read more
“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 …read more
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