Catholic faithful marks start of Holy Week

Pope Francis blesses palm branches as he ushers in Holy Week

Catholic parishes and other places of worship, including those in city jails, became gardens of palm fronds on Sunday, April 14, as Holy Week began with the annual observance of Palm Sunday. The palm is a symbol of the arrival of Jesus in Jerusalem just before his crucifixion, as crowds waved palm branches, sang "Hosannah, " and covered his path with the branches.

Jesus led a procession into Jerusalem before his Crucifixion, so many Christians take part in processions to commemorate his triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

He said: 'Joyful acclamations at Jesus's entrance into Jerusalem, followed by his humiliation.

After a long procession across the square accompanied by dozens of bishops and cardinals, and following gospel readings, Francis said in his homily that it was important to resist the temptations of triumphalism and remain humble.

The Church itself had to resist triumphalism and spiritual worldliness, he added, calling them "the most treacherous temptation threatening the Church".

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Palm Sunday marks the day the Bible plots Jesus's ride into Jerusalem where he was hailed by the crowd as a Messiah, only to be crucified days later. The pope called on young people not to be ashamed to show their enthusiasm for Jesus but at the same time not to fear following "him on the way to the cross".

Pope Francis is marking Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, which is jammed with tens of thousands of faithful.

Like every year the pope has a busy schedule this week.

BLESS US. Inmates at the Manila City Jail wave their palm fronds, and raise their hands, as they pray for blessings on Palm Sunday, April 14, 2019.

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