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The Chrism Mass explained

(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, symbolism and place within the history of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.

He begins with the Chrism Mass, the first of the liturgies Holy Thursday morning, that leads us towards the Holy Triduum. Listen: RealAudioMP3

“On the first Holy Thursday when Our Lord in the Upper Room, celebrated the Eucharist with his disciples…he ordained his first bishops, his first priests. On that day every year, in every diocese throughout the world, the bishop together with his priest gather together to celebrate Mass together. It’s called ‘the Great Concelebration’.  ...»


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Pope Francis: weekly General Audience

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience on Wednesday – the Wednesday of Holy Week or “Spy Wednesday” as it is called in many parts of the English-speaking world. The Gospel reading of the day recounts Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, which sets in motion the events of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. In his catechetical remarks to pilgrims and tourists gathered in St.  ...»

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  ...»

Vatican Secretary of State presides over Mass for modern day martyrs

(Vatican Radio/l’Osservatore Romano) The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, presided at Mass Tuesday evening in commemoration of the many men and women killed for their witness to the faith in the world today. They are the modern day martyrs whose memory is honored each year by the Catholic community of St Egidio in a special suffrage Mass in the basilica of Our Lady in  ...»

Pope Francis: Promulgation of Decrees

(Vatican Radio) On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Pope Francis received the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Card. Angelo D’Amato, SDB, and authorized the Congregation to promulgate the following decrees:

- A miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Ludovico of Casoria (nee Archangelo Palmentieri), professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor and founder of the  ...»

Pope Francis wishes Rome’s Jewish Community a happy Pesach

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has written to the Chief Rabbi of Rome to wish the Eternal City’s Jewish community – and by extension the global community – a happy Pesach, or Passover. A telegram signed by Pope Francis and addressed to Riccardo Di Segni reads:

“As the great feast of Passover approaches I would like to extend my most cordial greetings of peace to you and all the Jewish Community of  ...»

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  ...»

(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 Paul II.

These documents updated the body of papal documents on Catholic social teaching which goes back to the first groundbreaking social encyclical ...»

(Vatican Radio ) Half a century ago on April 11, 1963 Blessed John XXIII published an encyclical focusing on peace on earth, known by its Latin title 'Pacem in Terris'. This document which was to be the last before his death called for a social revolution.

In fact he addressed it is not as tradition dictated to the hierarchy, clergy and Catholic faithful but to all men of good will.

It was not John ...»

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(Vatican Radio) Nearly 300 people remain unaccounted for after a passenger ship sank off the coast of South Korea. Many of the passengers were ...»

NATO deploys troops to Eastern Europe over Ukraine crisis

(Vatican Radio) The NATO military alliance says it will immediately deploy additional forces in Eastern Europe amid growing fears of a full-scale ...»

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 ...»

Pope consoles Chilean wildfire victims

(Vatican Radio) A wildfire has engulfed a huge swathe of the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, killing 12 people, and leaving thousands homeless. The ...»

In this week's edition of There's More in the Gospel than Meets the Eye, Jill Bevilacqua and Seàn-Patrick Lovett bring us readings and reflections for Palm Sunday.
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Gospel Mt 27:11-54
Jesus stood before the governor, Pontius Pilate, who ...»

(Vatican Radio) EWTN's bureau chief here in Rome, Joan Lewis brings us a bird's eye view of the Vatican week .

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(Vatican Radio ) In 1918 the English composer John Ireland was asked to write a tune for the following year's edition of the Public School Hymn Book . The words had already been chosen: ' 'My song is love unknown, my Saviour's love to me, love to ...»

(Vatican Radio) Monsignor Philip Whitmore presents a musical meditation in which he looks ahead to Passiontide. In this feature you can hear sound clips from the German version of the hymn 'O Sacred Head Sore Wounded'. It comes from J.S.Bach's ...»

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