- Feb 17, 2020
Pope Francis and top officials of the Roman Curia will leave the Vatican March 1-6 for their annual Lenten retreat, the Vatican announced.
Several Catholic devotees were nailed to wooden crosses in a gory Good Friday ritual in the Philippines, and others flogged themselves or took part in religious plays to reenact Jesus Christ’s suffering.
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.
Detroit-area Catholics have one more dining option during Lent than most other followers of the faith. The culinary appeal of that item, however, is up for debate.
After enjoying the lightheartedness of Laetare “Rejoice” Sunday last weekend, we are now called by the Church into the somber “second phase” of Lent.
Christians must be courageous when praying to God and not simply repeat prayers “like a parrot,” Pope Francis said.