- Jan 20, 2021
Pope Francis celebrated a somber Palm Sunday Mass in a location he goes to most frequently for the funerals of deceased cardinals.
On Palm Sunday Pope Francis began his livestreamed Holy Week liturgies telling the suffering that Jesus endured a painful death to ensure that are not alone, and that the current COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak is an opportunity to love and serve others, as he did.
Catholic organizations have shifted their focus and have practically become their own little media outlets.
For Pope Francis at the Vatican, and for Christians worldwide from churches large and small, this will be an Easter like none other: The joyous message of Christ’s resurrection will be delivered to empty pews.
Don’t expect any palms this Passion Sunday. And distribution of palms later in the year might not happen, either, according to Rita Thiron, executive director of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions.
The fast-paced nature of the digital age can cause young men and women to focus more on capturing moments for their social media rather than experiencing them, Pope Francis told Catholic young people.