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Palm Sunday at St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City

Holy Week kicks off with Palm Sunday of the Lord's Passion, on which the Church commemorates Jesus’ triumphant entrance into Jerusalem and transitions into Holy Week with the reading of the Passion. Pope Francis will bless palm and olive branches during the celebration of Palm Sunday Mass at St Peter's Square at 10 am.

St. Paul Outside the Walls

The Station Churches of Rome is a pilgrimage tradition credited to St. Philip Neri. On Wednesday of Holy Week, Neri and his friends would travel to visit churches around the city, including the four major basilicas of Rome, as well as the three significant minor basilicas. Holy Week would be an especially beautiful time to make this pilgrimage on your own or with a group. Church pictured is St. Paul Outside the Walls.

Chrism Mass with Pope

The Chrism Mass celebrated by Pope Francis will take place on Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter’s Basilica. During this Mass, Pope Francis will bless the holy oils that will be used to administer the sacraments during the year.

Holy Thursday with Pope Francis

The Vatican has not yet released Pope Francis’ Holy Thursday Mass plans. In past years this start of the Sacred Triduum has been celebrated at a Rome prison and the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

Good Friday at the Vatican

For Good Friday, Pope Francis will preside over the Liturgy of the Word, the Adoration of the Cross, and the Communion Rite at St. Peter’s Basilica beginning at 5 p.m.

The Way of the Cross at the Colosseum

Join Pope Francis at 9:15 p.m. at the Colosseum for the Via Crucis, or the Way of the Cross. He will process to each of the 14 stations of the Via Crucis, which were placed at the Colosseum in 1744 by Pope Benedict XIV. Meditations on each station are given in several languages, as a large cross with burning torches lights the night. At the end, Pope Francis will give a reflection and impart his blessing. An indulgence is available to the faithful who partake in the Via Crucis.

Holy Stairs

Holy Week, particularly Good Friday, is also an excellent time to prayerfully climb the Sancta Sanctorum, or the Holy Stairs, located near the Basilica of St. John Lateran. The wood panels covering the stairs are being removed for the first time in 300 years, exposing the marble stairs that, according to tradition, Jesus climbed when Pontius Pilate handed Him over to be crucified.

Easter Vigil with the Pope

The Vatican’s Easter Vigil Mass will take place at 8:30 p.m. in St. Peter's Basilica with Pope Francis as the presider. Tickets are required for liturgical events with Pope Francis but the tickets are totally free.

Easter Mass at St. Peter's

Pope Francis will celebrate Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square at 10 a.m.

Urbi et Orbi

After Easter Sunday Mass, the Holy Father will impart the “Urbi et Orbi” ("To the City and the World") Blessing from the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica. This blessing is given only twice a year.
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