On 1 April 2012, Pope Benedict XVI presided over of Palm Sunday celebrations in St Peter’s Square before thousands of people who carried palms and olive branches as is tradition. The Pope explained that Palm Sunday offers us the invitation to adopt a proper outlook upon all humanity, on the peoples who make up the world, on its different cultures and civilizations.
1 April 2012 is Palm Sunday - and the start of Holy Week. On Palm Sunday, we accompany Jesus as he enters Jerusalem in His glory - knowing that he is about to encounter Death on a Cross. Watch this video for a reflection on Palm Sunday.
It seems interesting that we refer to the day Christ died as 'Good Friday'. Considering the events of the day, tragic or awful seems more appropriate. However, we ultimately know what God was up to that day. Though the events seemed very 'BAD', God was using everything that happened for 'GOOD'.
Father Carlos Martins never expected to be a priest, or to be touring North America to promote devotion to the saints through their sacred relics. For much of his life, he did not believe in God.
We are approaching Easter - the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ. Why is this feast day so significant? Start your Easter gatherings with this moving video expressing the celebration of Easter and the significance of Christ's resurrection in our lives.
Because we live in a world of things both seen and unseen, we must hold to what we know -- including the power of prayer and fasting.
For the past week the marble statues inside St Mary's Cathedral in Sydney have been covered in purple cloth. It is customary in the lead up to Holy Week which begins on Sunday, 1 April when faithful around the world gather in churches and Cathedrals to commemorate Palm Sunday and the Lord's triumphant arrival in Jerusalem. Visit this article to find out about all the events at St Mary's Cathedral this Holy Week!
On Palm Sunday, as Holy Week begins, we are drawn to pay particular attention to the Gospel passages that tell the story of Christ's Passion, Death and Resurrection. Listen to this commentary by Fr. Robert Barron, to reflect on key points in the scripture - both in the Old and New Testaments - to help us understand the true depth of this climax in Jesus' life on Earth.
Why giving up an unexpected but targeted trapping of modern life -- like Facebook -- could be the best thing you do spiritually all year
Charity really isn’t all that hard. I mean, it is hard to get over ourselves, over our discomfort, over our feelings of inconvenience, over our feelings of not having enough time or money. But it is very clear when we need to charitable. We are faced daily with so many needs. What is easy about it is that it just requires a response. A simple response.
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