In his passion, Jesus reveals the God of mercy, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just as the crowds and government officials tried to dodge responsibility for Jesus’ fate after he was arrested, so today too many individuals and countries want someone else to care for refugees fleeing violence and migrants seeking a better life, Pope Francis said. Preaching about the story of Jesus’ passion and…

Vatican Palm Sunday recalls early Christian martyrs, brave sea captain

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service  The Palm Sunday procession at the foot of an 85-foot-tall Egyptian obelisk in St. Peter’s Square recalls the martyrdom of many early Christians and the fast-thinking foresight of an Italian Renaissance sea captain. Palm Sunday at the Vatican begins with a procession of young people carrying olive branches and…

Archbishop Romero and the Spirit of Palm Sunday

By David Gibson Catholic News Service Palm Sunday 1980 still is remembered as the day of the assassinated Archbishop Oscar Romero’s funeral, celebrated on the steps of Holy Savior Cathedral in El Salvador’s capital city of San Salvador. Six days earlier, Archbishop Romero had been shot and killed while celebrating Mass at the altar of…

Pope Francis on Palm Sunday: Remember the persecuted Christians

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis remembered the persecuted Christians in the world on Sunday – Palm Sunday – during Mass in St. Peter’s Square. Following the proclamation of the Passion according to St. Mark, Pope Francis delivered a homily, in which he reflected on the plight of all those who endure humiliation because of their faithfulness…

Palm Sunday procession always moves at ‘just the right pace’

April 11, 2014, edition Q. Every year my pastor tries to get people to walk in the Palm Sunday procession from the school to the church but many are reluctant to do so. Can you say something to encourage more people to participate in the procession? A. When the liturgy of Holy Week was reformed…