Christians across the world have marked the start of Holy Week by celebrating Palm Sunday, the day that commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.
At the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, the Mass was celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington. Cardinal Wuerl was celebrating his first Mass since returning from Rome, where he was a member of the papal conclave that elected Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to the papacy. Wuerl also participated in Tuesday's inaugural Mass in St. Peter's Square.
"Today, then, our hearts are filled with both faith and love," Wuerl said in his homily. "We renew our faith in the continuing presence of Christ our Lord and teacher in the teaching office embodied in the Successor to Peter. We also have hearts filled with love for the person who now carries out that Petrine ministry - Pope Francis."
Holy Week culminates with the remembrance of Jesus' crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.