- Jan 18, 2020
Singer-songwriter Tatiana “Tajci” Cameron confessed she didn’t always like Holy Week.
For pilgrims flocking to Rome’s famed Scala Santa this week as they commemorate the events leading up to Jesus’ crucifixion and death, the opportunity to climb the relic on the bare marble for the first time in 300 years is something many said has brought them closer to God.
Speaking to fellow priests Thursday, Pope Francis compared the flocks they lead to the crowds that constantly surrounded Jesus, who was able to recognize individual people, heal their wounds and who was often moved by their faith. This personal closeness, he said, gives a priest a pastor’s heart and keeps his vocation from growing stale.
In the six years that he’s sat on the Chair of Peter, images of Pope Francis have captivated the world with his tender paternal gestures and his continued defense of the poor, marginalized and those otherwise forgotten by society, and no other liturgy captures this better than his Masses and foot-washing ceremonies on Holy Thursday.
Church leaders in the Philippines reminded the Catholic faithful to spend Holy Week, a public holiday in the predominantly Catholic country, “to know and understand deeply the humble Messiah.”
The Vatican’s Culture Czar recalls Notre Dame cathedral’s history of rebirth and renewal after a fire nearly destroyed the French church on Monday.