Pope plans full Easter schedule with a twist

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2013 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will celebrate a full schedule this Holy Week, including washing the feet of youth detainees and leading the Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum. His six main events are: Chrism Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica on Holy Thursday morning, followed by Mass at a youth detention center that evening, a Communion service and Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday evening and Easter Mass on Sunday … [Read more...]

Pope plans full Easter schedule with a twist

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2013 / 10:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will celebrate a full schedule this Holy Week, including washing the feet of youth detainees and leading the Stations of the Cross at the Coliseum. His six main events are: Chrism Mass at Saint Peter’s Basilica on Holy Thursday morning, followed by Mass at a youth detention center that evening, a Communion service and Stations of the Cross on Good Friday, Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday evening and Easter Mass on Sunday … [Read more...]

Pope’s election changed headlines but decisions loom

Vatican City, Mar 25, 2013 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- “The election of Pope Francis marked a change in the newspapers headlines regarding the Church,” according to Archbishop Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary of the conclave that elected the new pontiff. In a March 20 interview with CNA, Archbishop Baldisseri invited journalists “not to speculate too much” about why the cardinals chose Pope Francis, but he also maintained that “there was a need for a Pope of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis delights Palm Sunday crowd

Vatican City, Mar 24, 2013 / 11:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although his remarks were few before praying the Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis pleased the crowd of 250,000 by spending almost half an hour greeting them afterward.Once the final blessing for Palm Sunday Mass was given, Pope Francis went straight into his pre-Angelus address and the recitation of the Marian prayer that he normally presides over at noon every Sunday. “At the end of this … [Read more...]

Pope Francis urges Christians to have joy over Cross

Vatican City, Mar 24, 2013 / 05:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis declared on Palm Sunday that Christians must not be sad or discouraged but filled with joy because Jesus conquered evil and every sin “with the force of God’s love.”“Jesus on the Cross feels the whole weight of the evil, and with the force of God’s love he conquers it, he defeats it with his resurrection,” he said March 24.“Dear friends,” Pope Francis told the thousands of … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI meet as ‘brothers’

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Mar 23, 2013 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with Benedict XVI on Saturday for the first time since his selection, an historic visit that took place in a fraternal atmosphere.“We are brothers,” Pope Francis told his predecessor before praying side-by-side with him at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy.The March 23 encounter marked the first face-to-face meeting between the two since the March 13 election of the new Pope. The … [Read more...]

Pope Francis and Benedict XVI meet as ‘brothers’

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Mar 23, 2013 / 10:48 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis met with Benedict XVI on Saturday for the first time since his selection, an historic visit that took place in a fraternal atmosphere.“We are brothers,” Pope Francis told his predecessor before praying side-by-side with him at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo, Italy.The March 23 encounter marked the first face-to-face meeting between the two since the March 13 election of the new Pope. The … [Read more...]


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