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Pope Francis: the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis presides over the via crucis – the Way of the Cross – this Good Friday evening at the Colosseum in Rome. The Way of the Cross is a centuries-old and much beloved devotion, that began as a sort of spiritual pilgrimage to the places and scenes and events of Christ’s passion for those who could not make the pilgrimage to the Holy Land in person, as well as for those who had made it and wished to relive their experience, and for those who were preparing for the journey. The practice of placing the “stations” of the Cross in churches, as well as the number of stations – 14 – is traceable at least to the 18th century.

Archbishop Giancarlo Maria Bregantini of Campobasso-Boiano in Italy has composed the meditations accompanying this year’s via cruces devotion at the  ...»


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Papal Good Friday liturgy solemn, prayerful

(Vatican Radio) Hundreds of faithful filled St Peter’s Basilica Friday evening for the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord. The liturgy, also known as the Good Friday service, recalls the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Pope Francis presided the liturgy, whose focal points included the reading of the Passion of Christ and the Adoration of the Holy Cross.

Earlier in the day, Fr Federico  ...»

Good Friday homily: Judas’ story ‘should move us to surrender’ to Christ

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis presided the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord in St Peter’s Basilica in Rome on Friday evening. The celebration of the Passion of Our Lord, also known as the Good Friday service, is the liturgy that recalls the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the papal household, preached the homily.

Below is the official English  ...»

Pope Francis: 'Serve one another in love'

(Vatican Radio) In a gesture of humility and service, and in imitation of Christ, Pope Francis put on an apron and knelt down to wash the feet of 12 patients at a long-term care facility, during the Missa In Coena Domini, or the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, on Thursday evening.

Visibly fatigued and requiring assistance to kneel and stand up again as he came close to the end of the rite, Pope  ...»

Pope Francis: In Coena Domini homily

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis preached an extemporaneous homily during the celebration of the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, which was held at S. Maria della Provvidenza, a rehabilitation and long-term care facility in the suburbs of Rome. The following is an English translation of Pope Francis’ reflections on the Lord’s loving act of service, an act which the Pope himself imitated later in the Mass,  ...»

Holy Thursday: Pope Francis highlights the dignity and value of elderly and disabled people

(Vatican Radio) On the afternoon of Holy Thursday, Pope Francis has chosen to celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper at a Centre for aged and disabled people.

The Don Gnocchi Centre is in Rome’s Casal del Marmo area, close to the Youth Detention Center where the Pope washed the feet of young prison inmates last year during this same Holy Thursday ceremony, shortly after becoming Pope.

Twelve – the  ...»

Cardinal Burke reflects on Easter in Rome

(Vatican Radio) After Jerusalem, Rome is viewed as the most important place of pilgrimage to mark the passion death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. During Holy Week the Pope, who is also the Bishop of Rome, presides over the main liturgical ceremonies including the celebration of the In Coena Domini and Chrism Masses.

Rome’s Coliseum takes centre stage on Good Friday for the celebration  ...»

Catholic Relief Services: Responding to Ebola outbreak and fighting the fear surrounding it

(Vatican Radio) The deadly Ebola virus is continuing to claim lives in West Africa in one of the most challenging outbreaks of the disease ever seen. Over 120 people have died so far and UN health officials say the outbreak could go on for several months.

Meredith Stakem is an adviser on health issues for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in West Africa and she spoke to Susy Hodges about the  ...»

Nigerian Archbishop appeals to intl. community to help trace the roots of Boko Haram

(Vatican Radio) One hundred and thirty five civilians have reportedly been killed in North East Nigeria since Wednesday.

The killings, which took place in the State of Borno, were carried out in at least three separate attacks.

The attackers are suspected to be from the Islamist Boko Haram movement.

Human rights organizations say that at least 1,500 people, half of them civilian, have been killed in  ...»

New ways of being Church together

(Vatican Radio) A three day international conference on new ways of doing ecumenism and interfaith dialogue concluded in Oxford on Friday. Organised by the Ecclesiological Investigations network of theologians from different Churches and religious traditions, the meeting focused on new hopes for the future of the ecumenical movement. Vatican Radio’s Philippa Hitchen was taking part in proceedings  ...»

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International deal reached in effort to end unrest in Ukraine

(Vatican Radio) The international community is anxiously watching whether an unexpected deal between the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the ...»

Five killed in stabbing at party in Canada

(Vatican Radio) In Canada, the son of a Calgary police officer was charged in the fatal stabbing of five people at a house in what is being called ...»

(Vatican Radio) In a series of reflections, the Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Arthur Roche, walks Vatican Radio through the Holy Week liturgies, explaining their significance, ...»

(Vatican Radio) I Missa in Coena Domini, or Mass of Our Lord’s Supper, the second of Holy Thursday’s liturgies, with which the universal Church enters the Holy Triduum.

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“The Holy Triduum are those final days when we follow Our Lord from the ...»

(Vatican Radio) In a series of reflections, the Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Arthur Roche, walks Vatican Radio through the Holy Week liturgies, explaining their significance, ...»

(Vatican Radio) Veronica Scarisbrick brings you an interview with Professor of Catholic social teaching at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas here in Rome, Dominican Alejandro Crosthwaite focusing on the social encyclicals of Blessed John ...»

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