Articles
April 16, 2017

A Medieval devotion alive and well for a handful of modern Romans

In the hours after evening Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday, a few pilgrims in Rome make their way to the Church of Saint Praxedes, home to a…
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Articles
April 14, 2017

Good Friday and the Sufferings of Mary

The Mother standing at the foot of the Cross seems absurd and incomprehensible.  How could the Father permit such suffering?Stabat mater dolorosa juxta Crucem lacrimosa dum pendebat Filius."  "At the…
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News
April 14, 2017

Pope washes the feet of 12 prisoners at Holy Thursday Mass

'This isn't a folkloric ceremony,' Francis tells inmates Pope Francis has washed the feet of 12 inmates, including three women and a man who is converting from Islam to Catholicism.…
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Articles
April 11, 2017

Palms, Passion and Progress: Holy Week is a Continuing Call to a New Life in Christ

Holy Week invites us to let go of self and embrace the Lord anew through continuing conversion. How desperately we all need to hear the Good news that we can begin…
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NewsVatican
March 25, 2016

Pope washes feet of several refugees including Muslims, Hindus and Copts

On Thursday, Pope Francis visited a refugee center to wash and kiss the feet of several refugees; including Muslims, Hindus and Copts — a gesture of solidarity and peace two days…
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NewsVatican
March 24, 2016

Archbishop Fisichella says Pope's humble gesture of washing the feet of refugees calls for respect for each of them

According to a Vatican report, Pope Francis will celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at a Center for Asylum Seekers in Castelnuovo di Porto, some fifteen miles north of Rome, where he…
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NewsVatican
March 1, 2016

Vatican releases Pope's schedule for the Season of Lent and Easter

The Vatican has made public the liturgical schedule of Pope Francis' Lenten celebrations for this year including the list of Easter activities. The Pope’s schedule includes a penitential celebration and…
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NewsVatican
January 21, 2016

Pope Francis changes the decree which includes 'women on Holy Thursday ritual to have their feet washed'

In many Catholic parishes on Holy Thursday, a foot washing ritual incorporated into Mass technically specifies that only men should take part because Jesus' disciples on Holy Thursday were all…
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