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Easter Triduum of Pope Francis: Holy Thursday – Lord’s Supper Mass and homily [full text]

On Thursday evening as the sunset Pope Francis crossed the Tiber River bound for the city’s juvenile prison, Casal del Marmo (in English: ‘Marble House’) to begin the Easter Triduum breaking the tradition of celebrating the Lord’s Supper Mass in the Basilica of St. John on the Lateran. In a tiny simple chapel [...]

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Easter Triduum of Pope Francis: Holy Thursday – Chrism Mass homily [full text]

“A good priest can be recognized by the way his people are anointed.” Pope Francis said in homily given in the Chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in the morning today. “We need to go out, then, in order to experience our own anointing, its power and its redemptive efficacy: to the outskirts [...]

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Pope Francis’ homily on Palm Sunday [full text]

This morning Pope Francis celebrated his first Palm Sunday Mass at St. Peter’s Square, Vatican. Thousands of pilgrims filled the Square for the Mass, which marked the beginning of Holy Week. Pope and dozens of Prelates moved through the Square, among the congregation with in a procession with a traditional palm in his [...]

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Living Holy Week with the Holy Father – Way of the Cross at the Colosseum

Colosseum, a place where plenty of Christ’s followers were massacred in roman times holds the special Good Friday celebration for years. Way of the Cross. Fourteen stations remarking the scene of Lord’s Passion from Gospels. This year Pope Benedict XVI has asked Mother Maria Rita Piccione OSA, 48-year-old president of the Or lady [...]

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Living Holy Week with the Holy Father – Benedict XVI’s homily – Lord’s Supper

Celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is the highlight of Holy Thursday’s liturgy. Pope Benedict XVI celebrated it in St. John’s Basilica in Lateran, the cathedral church of Bishop of Rome. In the homily, (full text follows) he reminded that Jesus chose to limit himself to the Catholic Church and his [...]

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Living Holy Week with the Holy Father – Benedict XVI’s Crism Mass homily

During the Crism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome presided by Pope Benedict XVI and some 1,600 concelebrant priests, concluding the homily (text below) the Pontiff said, “for all the shame we feel over our failings, we must not forget that today too there are radiant examples of faith” such as John Paul [...]

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