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The Chrism Mass explained

(Vatican Radio) In a series of reflections, the Secretary of the Vatican Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, Archbishop Arthur Roche, walks Vatican Radio through the Holy Week liturgies, explaining their significance, symbolism and place within the history of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.

He begins with the Chrism Mass, the first of the liturgies Holy Thursday morning, that leads us towards the Holy Triduum. Listen:

Pope Francis: weekly General Audience

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience on Wednesday – the Wednesday of Holy Week or “Spy Wednesday” as it is called in many parts of the English-speaking world. The Gospel reading of the day recounts Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, which sets in motion the events of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. In his catechetical remarks to pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square under a brilliant blue April sky, with a crisp spring breeze blowing through the city, Pope Francis spoke of Christ’s free embrace of suffering and death, which he took on for our sake.

Vatican Secretary of State presides over Mass for modern day martyrs

(Vatican Radio/l’Osservatore Romano) The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, presided at Mass Tuesday evening in commemoration of the many men and women killed for their witness to the faith in the world today. They are the modern day martyrs whose memory is honored each year by the Catholic community of St Egidio in a special suffrage Mass in the basilica of Our Lady in Trastevere.

Pope Francis: Promulgation of Decrees

(Vatican Radio) On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Pope Francis received the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Card. Angelo D’Amato, SDB, and authorized the Congregation to promulgate the following decrees:

- A miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Ludovico of Casoria (nee Archangelo Palmentieri), professed priest of the Order of Friars Minor and founder of the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of St Elizabeth – the “Gray Sisters”; Born in Casoria (Italy) on March 11, 1814 and died in Naples (Italy) March 30, 1885.

Cardinal Parolin celebrates the memory of the new Christian martyrs

Pakistan, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Tanzania, the Central African Republic. There
is a long list of areas where Christians still today are enduring persecution,
discrimination, privation of religious liberty and martyrdom. It was no
accident that, during the Holy Mass he celebrated on 6 April at Santa Marta,
Pope Francis recalled that “today, in the 21st century, our Church
is a Church of martyrs”. It is within this context that the Community of
Sant'Egidio gathers each year in prayer during Holy Week, in the Basilica of

Pope Francis wishes Rome's Jewish Community a happy Pesach

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has written to the Chief Rabbi of Rome to wish the Eternal City’s Jewish community – and by extension the global community – a happy Pesach, or Passover. A telegram signed by Pope Francis and addressed to Riccardo Di Segni reads:

Pope consoles Chilean wildfire victims

(Vatican Radio) A wildfire has engulfed a huge swathe of the Chilean port city of Valparaiso, killing 12 people, and leaving thousands homeless. The fire, which broke out on Saturday, continues to blaze.

Pope Francis issued a message on Monday, through Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to the victims of the wildfire.

Pope to seminarians: Be shepherds like the Good Shepherd

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Monday met with members of the Pontifical Leonine College of Anagni, a regional seminary for several of the Diocese around the city of Rome. The College was founded by Pope Leo XIII in 1897.

In his address, Pope Francis spoke about the importance of forming seminarians in “a climate of prayer and fraternity.” This atmosphere, he said, allows seminarians to grow closer to “the sentiments of Jesus Christ, His love for the Father and for the Church,” and His dedication to the people of God.

Way of Cross meditations for Colosseum procession reflect on sins, injustices of man

(Vatican Radio) The Way of the Cross led by Pope around Rome’s ancient Colosseum this upcoming Good Friday invites us to reflect on the current economic crisis and its dire consequences, on the suffering of migrants and on the evils that tear many young lives apart . The texts of the meditations, which will be published Tuesday by the Vatican publishing house Libreria Editrice Vaticana, were written by Msgr. Giancarlo Bregantini, Archbishop of Campobasso – Boiano in southern Italy.

Good Friday Collection in solidarity with Church in Holy Land

(Vatican Radio) Parishes around the world this week will be taking up the traditional annual Good Friday Collection for the Church in the Holy Land.The proceeds from the Good Friday Collection go to the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land. The Franciscans have been caring for the holy sites there since 1209. They also assist the poor, run schools, provide scholarships, and conduct pastoral ministries to keep Christianity alive in the land where it originated.


The Chrism Mass explaine...

(Vatican Radio) In a series of reflections, the Se...

Pope Francis: weekly Gen...

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly Gener...

Vatican Secretary of Sta...

(Vatican Radio/l’Osservatore Romano) The Vatican S...

Pope Francis: Promulgati...

(Vatican Radio) On Tuesday, April 15, 2014, Pope F...

Cardinal Parolin celebra...

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