March 2013

This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 16 March 2013 – 31 March 2013 (subscribe here; get as an eBook version for your Kindle, iPod, iPad, Nook, or other eBook reader): List of direct document links on Vatican.va used. Homilies 28 March 2013 – Chrism Mass, Holy Thursday 28 March […]

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The great day is finally here: Easter, the most important day of the Christian calendar. More important even than Christmas. What happened on this day? Was Jesus’ resurrection a real, historical event? How does the Church celebrate this day? Is Easter a pagan holiday? Here are 8 things you need to know.   1. What […]

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Every time we say the creed, we note that Jesus “descended into hell.” This day–Holy Saturday–is the day that commemorates this event. What happened on this day, and how do we celebrate it? Here are 12 things you need to know.   1. What happened on the first Holy Saturday? Here on earth, Jesus’ disciples […]

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It has been widely reported that, when he was still the cardinal archbishop of Buenos Aires, the future Pope Francis washed the feet of women during the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Now he has done so as pope. Here are some thoughts on Pope Francis’s decision and what it means.   This Year’s Mass […]

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Good Friday is the most solemn day of the Christian year. It is the day our Savior died for us. It is the day we were redeemed from our sins by the voluntary death of God Himself at the hands of man. Here are 9 things you need to know.   1. Why is this […]

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Every single Mass, we hear the words “on the night he was betrayed.” That night was Holy Thursday, and it is one of the most important nights in all of history. Here are 10 things you need to know.   1. What happened on the original Holy Thursday? An amazing amount of stuff! This was […]

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We are about to leave Lent and enter the liturgical season known as “Triduum.” What is this season, and why is it does the Church say that it is “the culmination of the entire liturgical year”? Here are 6 things you need to know.   1. What does “Triduum” mean? It comes from Latin roots […]

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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 17 March 2013 – 24 March 2013 (subscribe here; get as an eBook version for your Kindle, iPod, iPad, Nook, or other eBook reader): Angelus 17 March 2013 24 March 2013 Homilies 17 March 2013 – Holy Mass in the Parish of St. […]

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Palm Sunday–or is it Passion Sunday?–marks the beginning of Holy Week. This day commemorates not one but two very significant events in the life of Christ. Here are 9 things you need to know.   1. What is this day called? The day is called both “Palm Sunday” and “Passion Sunday.” The first name comes […]

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There have been a flurry of stories reporting that, in 2010, when he was still a cardinal, Pope Francis supported the idea of civil unions for homosexuals. What are we to make of this?   Getting the Facts A starting point is trying to get the facts on the matter, as best they can be […]

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