Good Friday: Jesus calls us to be Good Samaritans to restore human dignity

Sr. Eugenia Bonetti who has composed this year’s mediations for the Way of the Cross at Rome’s Colosseum says, they are meant to show in a very simple way “what it means to be a Samaritan today”.

Triduum continues with Good Friday and Easter Vigil

The Easter Triduum continues with the Passion of the Lord and the Way of the Cross on Good Friday as the Church prepares for the resurrection of Our Lord on Easter Sunday.

China: Bishop concelebrates Chrism Mass with Ordinary

Chinese Bishop Vincenzo Guo Xijin concelebrates the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday, together with the Ordinary of the Diocese of Mindong (Fujian). A significant sign for the unity of the Church that shows the willingness of Beijing authorities to abide by the Provisional Agreement signed with the Holy See last September.

Australian Bishops call for politics that promote peace

Ahead of Australian federal elections, scheduled to be held on Saturday 18 May, the Australian Catholic Bishops have issued a statement calling for respect and peaceful public debate during the election campaign.

Pope gifts priests with homilies of his Chrism Masses

At the end of the Chrism Mass on Holy Thursday morning in Rome’s St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis handed each priest a collection of his homilies of Holy Thursday Chrism Masses as Pope, including this year’s.

Pope Francis to priests: We are anointed in order to anoint

On the morning of Holy Thursday, during the Chrism Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis reflected on “three graces that characterize the relationship between Jesus and the people”.

South Sudan has suffered Crucifixion through the war

The South Sudan Council of Churches (SSCC) has said that the people of South Sudan have grievously suffered the force of the crucifixion through a war that has devastated the country from 2013.

Korean Church regrets court ruling on abortion

South Korea’s Constitutional Court ruled on April 11 that the country’s restrictions on abortion are unconstitutional. It ordered the law be revised by the end of 2020.

Pope’s Holy Thursday Chrism Mass: full text of homily

Pope Francis on April 18 led the Holy Thursday Chrism Mass in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica in commemoration of the institution of the Holy Eucharist as well as the priesthood by Jesus at the Last Supper.

President Trump phones Pope over Notre Dame fire

Pope Francis received a phone call on Wednesday afternoon from the President of the United States, Donald Trump, who, referring to the devastation of Notre Dame Cathedral, expressed his closeness to the Pope on behalf of the American people. Alessandro Gisotti, interim director of the Holy See's Press Office, made the declaration in a Tweet on Wednesday evening.

Holy Thursday and the Easter Triduum

Holy Thursday marks the end of Lent. On this day there are two celebrations: one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The evening Mass is also called "Coena Domini" and marks the beginning of the Easter Triduum, the three days in which the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus are commemorated.

Cardinal Pengo worried about Catholics getting holy oils from other Churches

“When you go to other Churches for holy oils, what more do you seek that is not in your own Church?” Cardinal Pengo asks the faithful of Tanzania during Chrism Mass.

‘Gospel Truth’ for April 19, 2019

Listen to our reflections on the Cross of Christ, prepared by the late Jill Bevilacqua.

Reflections for Maundy Thursday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for the Maundy Thursday. He says that we remember how Jesus transformed the Jewish Passover into the New Testament Passover.

Meditations for Good Friday Via Crucis at the Colosseum

Sr Eugenia Bonetti presents her meditations for the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum, to take place in Rome on Good Friday. The 14 Stations highlight the victims of human trafficking, minors who are bought and sold, prostituted women, and migrants.

Pope thanks rescuers who risked lives to save Notre Dame Cathedral

Pope Francis says his thoughts remain close to Parisians and the people of France, as donations for the reconstruction of Notre Dame Cathedral pour in from around the world.

Some 12,000 expected for Philippine National Youth Day in Cebu

Cebu Archdiocese is hosting the National Youth Day (NYD) of the Philippine Catholic Church from April 23 to 28.

Helping South Sudan sow seeds of peace and future

The new Executive Director of “Solidarity with South Sudan” reflects on Pope Francis’ powerful appeal to the young nation’s rival leaders for peace and pleads with men and women across the world not to forget the people as they struggle to build a future.

Sudanese protestors repeat demands for civilian government

After the ouster of long-time President Omar al-Bashir, demonstrators are calling for the military to relinquish power to a civilian government.

Holy See urges promotion and protection of human rights of the elderly

Archbishop Bernadito Auza, the Holy See’s Permanent Observer to the United Nations in New York, on April 15 addressed a working group on the promotion and protection of the human rights of older persons.