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Celebrating Holy Week 2024 with Pope Francis

The Vatican has published the calendar of liturgical celebrations that Pope Francis will preside over this Holy Week 2024.

Paloma López Campos-February 29, 2024-Reading time: < 1 minute
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The illuminated Colosseum during the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday (CNS photo / Paul Haring)

The Pope Francis will preside over several liturgical celebrations this Holy Week of 2024. This has been communicated by the Vatican through the Master of Pontifical Liturgical Celebrations, Monsignor Diego Ravelli.

The celebrations will begin on March 24, Palm Sunday, when the Pontiff will celebrate Holy Mass at 10:00 a.m. in St. Peter's Square. This day commemorates the entry of Christ into Jerusalem and the adoration of the people.

Easter Triduum

The Easter Triduum will begin on Holy Thursday, March 28. The Pope will preside at the Chrism Mass at 9:30 am in St. Peter's Basilica. The communiqué does not indicate whether Francis will perform the customary washing of feet, in imitation of the Gospel passage.

The following day, those who come to St. Peter's Basilica will be able to attend the Celebration of the Passion of the Lord at 5:00 p.m. Afterwards, at 9:15 p.m., the Pope is scheduled to preside the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum in Rome.

On Holy Saturday, the Easter Vigil will take place on Holy Night at 7:30 p.m. in St. Peter's Basilica. A few hours later, on March 31 at 10:00 a.m., Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on Easter Sunday in the main square of the Vatican. To conclude Holy Week 2024, the Pontiff will impart the "Urbi et Orbi" blessing at noon.

Holy Week with the Pope

To accompany the Pontiff during the celebrations, many pilgrims will travel to Rome during those days. Those who cannot make the trip can follow Holy Week in Rome on YouTube. A summary of the Holy Father's speeches during the celebrations will be published on Omnes.

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