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Pope Francis set to preside over Easter Vigil in Saint Peter's Basilica

(Vatican Radio) On the evening of April 19, Pope Francis is scheduled to preside over the Easter Vigil celebration in Saint Peter's Basilica.

During this celebration the Pope will baptise ten catechumens, the youngest of whom is a seven year old Italian and the eldest a fifty- eight year old from Vietnam. The catechumens come from a number of different countries including France, Bielorussia, Lebanon and Senegal.

On Easter Sunday morning Pope Francis will preside over Holy Mass in Saint Peter’s Square at 10.15 a.m. and will then impart his traditional ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing, to the city and to the world from the central balcony of Saint Peter’s Basilica.

The mass will take place in a colourful floral setting, a yearly gift from the florists of the Netherlands and the liturgical rite will  ...»


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Pope Francis: In the Cross we see the monstrosity of man and greatness of God’s mercy

(Vatican Radio) “In the Cross we see the monstrosity of man, when we allow ourselves to be guided by evil; but we also see the immensity of God's mercy who does not treat us according to our sins, but according to His mercy”. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ brief unscripted address Friday evening as he presided at the traditional "Via Crucis", or Way of the Cross, service at  ...»


Holy Saturday: an empty day?

(Vatican Radio) - We bring you a reflection for Easter Saturday presented by Monsignor Peter Fleetwood.

In this brief reflection Monsignor Peter Fleetwood explains how the only time apart from occasional phrases in gospel readings that hell is mentioned in Church is when we recite the shorter version of the proclamation of faith, what we call the Apostle's Creed: "After Jesus was crucified, dead  ...»



Pope Francis urges prayers for victims of S. Korean ferry disaster

(Vatican Radio) This Holy Saturday, Pope Francis has asked people worldwide to join him in prayer for the victims of the tragic ferry disaster in South Korea.

Using the global twitter network, the Holy Father tweeted: “Please join me in praying for the victims of the ferry disaster in Korea and their families”.

South Korea has been plunged into mourning following the sinking of a shuttle ferry the  ...»



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  ...»



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Sunday Gospel Apr 20 2014

Jiill Bevilacqua presents 'There's More in the Gospel than Meets the Eye' in which you can hear readings and reflections for Easter Sunday.
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Gospel Jn 20:1 - 9


On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and  ...»



Et Resurrexit tertia die: J.S. Bach's joyful exuberance

(Vatican Radio) After the subdued tone of our Passiontide hymns, it's now time to burst forth in songs of joy says our music historian Monsignor Philip Whitmore as he presents this musical meditation focusing on the first of the Glorious Mysteries. One which takes us straight to the moment when the powers of darkness were defeated for ever and the day of our redemption dawned.

A programme produced  ...»



Easter Vigil: One catechumen in London on his journey of faith towards Catholicism

(Vatican Radio) 712 adults are set to become new members of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Westminster in London during the Easter Vigil. They include 311 catechumens who will be baptized and 401 candidates already baptized who will be received into full communion. They hail from all walks of life and each has their own personal journey of faith towards Catholicism.

Among the catechumens  ...»




(Vatican Radio) Age old hymns are among the most glorious things in the world says our popular 'Latin Lover', Carmelite Father Reginald Foster as he bursts into song and explains the Latin of a hymn he deems eternal.

Father Foster who served as Latinist in the Vatican for many years and under many popes is currently teaching Latin in the United States.

A programme produced by Veronica Scarisbrick: RealAudioMP3
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(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 ...»


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Ukraine offers Easter truce to pro-Russia seperatists

(Vatican Radio) As Ukrainian believers prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ this Easter,

Ukraine's interim government has offered ...»



Mexico City rocked by earthquake

(Vatican Radio) Seismologists and volcanologists are monitoring the aftershocks of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, which rocked and swayed Mexico City ...»


Nigeria: 85 school girls still held by Boko Haram

(Vatican Radio/Agencies) Fourteen more school girls have succeeded in escaping from their kidnappers, the Islamic militant Boko Haram, after the ...»


South Korea: Nearly 270 still missing in ferry accident

(Vatican Radio) In South Korea, there is still no word on the fate of about 270 people missing after a long-distance ferry sank on Wednesday. 28 are ...»






(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) 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) 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) 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) 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, ...»

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