- May 28, 2020
On Palm Sunday, Pope Francis said that Jesus was the target of a kind of shouted “spin” that depicted him as a criminal.
Pope Francis will wash the feet of 12 inmates at Rome’s central prison during a Holy Week ritual meant to show his willingness to serve others.
As there has been an increase in violence committed against parishes throughout Indonesia, Church officials in the country have urged Catholics to be vigilant, especially during Holy Week.
Christians believe Christ’s resurrection means that, in the end, light always extinguishes darkness and good always triumphs over evil. During Holy Week 2017, however, that eventual outcome seemed awfully far away, as the week was surrounded by reminders of martyrdom and repeatedly punctuated both with acts of violence and reminders of deep suffering.
A recent, and long needed, restoration of the most sacred chapel in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is a small sign of the progress that has been made in the relationship among the Churches which control the shrine. This year – when Catholic and Orthodox Easter fall on the same day – Holy Saturday will be a busy day in the church.
Christian leaders across the United States have been using Holy Week liturgies to draw attention to the social issues affecting the country. Los Angeles Archbishop Joes H. Gomez said Holy Week is meant to remind Catholics what it means to be a Christian in today’s world and how they can bring hope and possibility to an uncertain society.