March 2016

This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 24 March 2016 to 30 March 2016. Homilies 24 March 2016 – Holy Chrism Mass 26 March 2016 – Easter Vigil in the Holy Night Messages 27 March 2016 – “Urbi et Orbi” – Easter 2016 Speeches 25 March 2016 – Way […]

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On Easter Sunday Matt Drudge was carrying the following headline: POPE: Defeat ISIS with ‘weapons of love’ . . . The link was to this story by the UK’s Mirror, which itself carried the headline: Pope Francis says defeat Islamic State ‘with weapons of love’ during Easter message The headline is utterly false—as well as […]

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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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Everytime we say the creed, we note that Jesus “descended into hell.” 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 mourned […]

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Good Friday is the most somber 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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This version of The Weekly Francis covers material released in the last week from 7 December 2015 to 23 March 2016. Angelus 6 March 2016 13 March 2016 Daily Homilies (fervorinos) 3 March 2016 – A history of failed faithfulness 14 March 2016 – I don’t understand but I trust in you 15 March 2016 […]

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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 that […]

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This Sunday I winced when we got to the following line in the Gospel reading: It was now about noon and darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon because of an eclipse of the sun (Luke 23:44-45). “An eclipse of the sun”? Really? Surely the translators of the New American Bible, […]

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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 from […]

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