• Pope Francis Apr 5, 2020

    Palm Sunday Services Held Without Public; Some on Rooftops

    Pope Francis has celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public, since the traditional ceremony in St. Peter’s Square was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic

  • coronavirus Apr 5, 2020

    Dioceses Preparing for Holy Week During Social Distancing

    Holy Week begins this week with Palm Sunday, but for the first time in memory, local churches will be almost empty. Churches are usually at their most crowded this time of year, but this year, Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter will be hosted online. The bishop of Arlington will celebrate Mass from the Cathedral of St. Thomas…

  • coronavirus Apr 4, 2020

    Dioceses Preparing for Holy Week During Social Distancing

    Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday tomorrow, but for the first time in memory, local churches will be almost empty. Scott MacFarlane reports, pastors and church leaders are making last-minute preparations for a set of virtual services.

  • Catholic Church Mar 15, 2020

    Pope Goes on Roman Walkabout, Prays for End to Pandemic

    Pope Francis has left the Vatican to make a surprise visit to two churches

  • PRESIDENT Jun 18, 2019

    Egypt's Ousted President Morsi Dies in Court During Trial

    Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Islamist leader Mohammed Morsi who was ousted by the military in 2013 after a year in office, collapsed in court while on trial Monday and died, state TV and his family said. The 67-year-old Morsi had just addressed the court, speaking from the glass cage he is kept in during sessions and warning that he...

  • PRESIDENT Apr 21, 2019

    Paris Easter Mass Honors Firefighters Who Saved Notre Dame

    The archbishop of Paris and Catholics from around France and the world honored the firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral, praying Sunday at a special Easter Mass for a swift reconstruction of the beloved monument. Some streets around the medieval cathedral also reopened six days after the blaze, allowing tourists to get a closer look and local restaurants to reopen,...

  • Easter Apr 18, 2019

    Pope Washes Inmates' Feet, Says Bishops Must Be Servants

    Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prisoners Thursday and urged them to serve one another as brothers, as he ushered in the solemn pre-Easter rituals made more poignant this year following the devastation of Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral. Francis travelled to a prison in Velletri, outside Rome, for the Holy Thursday service that re-enacts the biblical story of Christ...

  • VMS Apr 16, 2019

    DC Reacts to the Notre Dame Fire

    News4’s Shomari Stone spoke with people from France about the important role cathedrals play in communities.

  • Donald Trump Apr 16, 2019

    Massive Fire Engulfs Beloved Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

    A massive fire engulfed the upper reaches of Paris’ soaring Notre Dame Cathedral as it was undergoing renovations Monday, threatening one of the greatest architectural treasures of the Western world as tourists and Parisians looked on aghast from the streets below. The blaze collapsed the cathedral’s spire and spread to one of its landmark rectangular towers, but Paris fire chief...

  • Iraq Mar 30, 2018

    Pope Presides Over Good Friday Amid Hell Controversy

    Pope Francis presided over solemn Good Friday services amid heightened security at Rome’s Colosseum for the Via Crucis procession and a new communications controversy at home. Italian police, carabinieri and soldiers were on alert, with Holy Week coinciding with a spate of arrests of suspected Islamic extremists around Italy and warnings from law enforcement about the return of foreign fighters...

  • Massachusetts Apr 17, 2017

    Pope Francis Decries ‘Vile' Attack on Syrians in Easter Address

    On Christianity’s most joyful day, Pope Francis lamented the horrors generated by war and hatred, delivering an Easter Sunday message that also decried the “latest vile” attack on civilians in Syria....
    Both in his impromptu homily during Mass in St. Peter’s Square and later in his formal “Urbi et Orbi” Easter message delivered from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis...

  • WASHINGTON Apr 12, 2017

    150-Year-Old Church Fights to Keep Pipe Organ

    Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Foggy Bottom, the first African American Episcopal church in D.C., is 150 years old. The small congregation is fighting to save its 100-year-old organ — an endeavor that has become a struggle for the church to afford.

  • Francis Apr 9, 2017

    Pope on Palm Sunday Decries Suffering From War, Terrorism

    Pope Francis on Sunday decried a deadly attack on a Coptic church in Egypt during Palm Sunday celebrations, just weeks before his planned visit to Cairo. The pontiff expressed his “deep condolences” to the Coptic patriarch, Tawadros II, calling him “my brother,” to the Coptic church and “all of the dear Egyptian nation,” and said he was praying for the...

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