Letter #13, 2017: Holy Saturday

April 15, 2017, Holy Saturday From Norcia to Chieti During Holy Saturday, on the Vigil of Easter, silence. Time to stand apart. To stand aside. To divest of all, thoughts, hopes, judgments, even fears. To divest, to unclothe, as did Francis of Assisi, before the bishop of Assisi in 1207, when he gave back everything […]

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Pope Francis: homily at Easter Vigil, 2017


Pope Francis delivered the homily at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica on the evening of Holy Saturday, 2017. Below, please find the full text of his prepared remarks, in their official English translation. Homily of His Holiness Pope Francis Easter Vigil 15 April 2017 “After the Sabbath, as the first day of […]

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Holy Week with Pope Francis

20/03/2016 Saint Peter's Square. Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord. At the end of the Palm procession Pope Francis blesses palms and olive branches in front of the Obelisk. Photo Grzegorz Galazka.

The Liturgical Celebrations of Holy Week Unfolded with No Violent Incidents Despite Fears following the March 22 Terrorist Bombings in Brussels  Pope Francis in his Palm Sunday 2016 homily lamented what he termed a lack of concern for the many Middle Eastern and African refugees flooding into Europe, making a comparison to the Roman authorities […]

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Letter #20, 2016: Holy Saturday

March 26, 2016, Saturday – Holy Saturday The Silence of the Lord “In the hours of Holy Saturday, a great silence overtakes the Church. Our silence commemorates that God in Christ descended to where no human word is uttered or heard— the silence of the grave. Yet even in that silence God is speaking. “In […]

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On the Easter Triduum: “A flash breaks the darkness and announces a new beginning.”

Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning! Tomorrow is Holy Thursday, with the Holy Mass that is called “the Lord’s Supper,” which begins the Easter Triduum of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ, culmination of the whole Liturgical Year. The Triduum opens with the commemoration of the Last Supper. On the eve of his Passion, […]

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