Holy Thursday

(Pope Francis washes the feet of young prisoners -- male and female -- at the Casal Del Marmo Youth Detention Centre in Rome on March 28th. Credit: Servizio Fotografico L'Osservatore Romano via Getty Images)

Noted Vatican Watcher Says New Pope’s Departures Come As No Surprise

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?


Priests process into the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia to take part in a special Mass where they renewed their clerical vows. (Credit: Mark Abrams)

Archbishop Chaput Leads Mass Of Renewal In Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s Archbishop urged the hundreds of priests attending Holy Thursday Mass to recommit themselves to spreading the message of Jesus.


Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul file photo. (Credit: Tim Jimenez)

Hundreds Of Priests From Archdiocese Of Philadelphia Gather To Renew Priestly Vows

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.


Cardinali Rigali celebrates Mass on Holy Thursday in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s Roman Catholic Community Marks Holy Thursday Amid Backdrop of Sexual Abuse Scandal

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.



Philadelphia Observes Easter With Variety Of Events

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.