The moment when the resurrected Jesus told Mary Magdalene "don't hold on to me" has inspired artists over the centuries.
“We contemplate on this cloth the icon of the crucified Lord Jesus … To him we entrust ourselves; in him we trust.”
Similar to Good Friday, Holy Saturday was a solemn day of silence in the early Church.
This unusual gesture will be much appreciated by the recipients.
The 'urbi et orbi' blessing with the possibility of gaining a plenary indulgence will follow the Mass.
Francis says the lines describing their stories have made him feel welcome and at home.
"God participates in our pain to overcome it."
While contemplating Jesus on the cross, lift-up all those in the world who are suffering their own last agony.
Teresa of Avila, Bonaventure, and so many more learned their sublimest lessons by gazing at the crucifix.
Verified thorns from the supreme relic of the Crucifixion can be found in church collections and even the British Museum.