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Pope Francis advances eight new causes of sainthood

January 23, 2017. On January 20, Pope Francis met with Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to announce the publication of decrees for the advancement of eight causes of sainthood.

Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

January 17, 2017. The Holy See has issued a statement Tuesday in response to "attempts by the Order of Malta to discredit” the new group established by the Vatican to conduct the investigation of why the Chancellor of the Order of Malta was asked to step down.

Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.

Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

January 11, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, January 14, at the Vatican to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.

Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

December 30, 2016. The smiling archbishop Justo Mullor died this morning in Rome, at the Pío XI Clinic. He was 84 years old.

Pope Francis will preside over all Easter celebrations


Holy Week begins on March 29. It is the third time Pope Francis will preside over the celebrations in Rome.

At 9:30 a.m. on Palm Sunday, Pope Francis will bless palms and olive branches in St. Peter's Square. He will then preside at Mass. As usual, the Pope will particularly target young people.

On Holy Thursday at 9:30 a.m., he will chair the Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. That afternoon, the Pope will celebrate the Mass of the Lord's Supper in the Roman prison of Rebibbia. There, he will wash the feet of several male and female prisoners.

At 5:00 p.m. on Good Friday, the Pope will preside over services at St. Peter's Basilica. 

That night, at 9:15 p.m., he will participate in the traditional Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum.

At 8:30 p.m. on Holy Saturday, the Pope will celebrate the Easter Vigil at St. Peter's Basilica. He will preside over the Liturgy of the Word, the Baptismal Liturgy and the Eucharistic Liturgy.

The Easter Sunday Mass will begin at 10:15 a.m. in St. Peter's Square. To finish, Pope Francis will deliver the Urbi et Orbi blessing.