The Holy Thursday mass, behind the walls of the Camden County Correctional Facility, included foot-washing of inmates by a Catholic priest.
Pope Francis’ inclusion of women in a Holy Week ceremony that was previously reserved for men has agitated church traditionalists who are asking, what’s next?
Philadelphia’s Archbishop urged the hundreds of priests attending Holy Thursday Mass to recommit themselves to spreading the message of Jesus.
More than 400 priests from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia gathered on Holy Thursday at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on the Ben Franklin Parkway to renew their priestly vows.
The Catholic Church in Philadelphia began marking the holiest week on the Christian calendar on Thursday, under the cloud of the priest sexual abuse scandal.
Easter week services began in many churches with an observance of “Maundy Thursday,” the day Christians commemorate the “Last Supper.” The Philadelphia area is teeming with Easter events, both religious and secular.