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Pope Francis walks along Cardinals across St. Peter's square as he celebrates the Palm Sunday mass

On Palm Sunday, Pope asks crowd to pray for peace in Holy Land

Pope Francis says the Church must remain humble as Catholic world marks the day when according to the Bible, Jesus was hailed as Messiah after riding into Jerusalem, only to be crucified days later

Tens of thousands of people waved palm and olive branches in St. Peter's Square on Palm Sunday as Pope Francis led the world's Catholics into Holy Week commemorations ahead of Easter praying for peace in the Holy Land and calling for the Church to be humble.

 

 

Palm Sunday is when Christians mark the day the Bible says Jesus rode into Jerusalem and was hailed by the crowd as Messiah, only to be crucified days later.

 

Pope Francis walks along Cardinals across St. Peter's square as he celebrates the Palm Sunday mass
Pope Francis walks along Cardinals across St. Peter's square as he celebrates the Palm Sunday mass

After a long procession across the square accompanied by dozens of bishops and cardinals, and following gospel readings, Francis said in his homily that it was important to resist the temptations of triumphalism and remain humble.

 

"Joyful acclamations at Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem, followed by his humiliation. Festive cries, followed by brutal torture. This twofold mystery accompanies our entrance into Holy Week each year," he said.

 

Faithful fill St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 14, 2019
Faithful fill St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 14, 2019
 

The Church itself had to resist triumphalism and spiritual worldliness, he added, calling them "the most treacherous temptation threatening the Church".

 

At the end of the two-hour service, Francis asked the crowd to pray for peace, particularly in the Holy Land and all of the Middle East.

 

Palm Sunday marks the start of a hectic week of activities leading to Easter Sunday, the most important day on the Christian liturgical calendar.

 

Pope Francis greets cardinals at the end of the Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican, April 14, 2019
Pope Francis greets cardinals at the end of the Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican, April 14, 2019
 

On Holy Thursday, Francis will travel to the city of Velletri, south of Rome, to wash and kiss the feet of 12 inmates in a prison there to commemorate Jesus' gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died.

 

On Good Friday, Francis, marking his seventh Easter season since his election in 2013, is due lead a Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) procession around Rome's ancient colosseum

 

The 82-year-old leader of the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics leads an Easter vigil service on Saturday night and on Easter Sunday he reads the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message.

 


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