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Our Lenten journey culminates in the vigil's powerful catechesis

Daily Lenten Reflections: Tonight we are simply ending the time of vigiling, praying and fasting that we began on Thursday night when we washed each other's feet here in this place, the vigiling and praying and fasting that continued through Good Friday when we came forward one by one to kiss or embrace or bow or kneel before the image of the cross.

Pope's quotes: No to war

Pope's quotes: "We have heard the voice of the poor, of children and the younger generations, of women and so many brothers and sisters who are suffering due to war. With them let us say with conviction: No to war!"

Your thoughts on Benedict's letter on sex abuse

Your thoughts: NCR readers respond to Pope Benedict XVI's recent letter, in which he blamed the continuing Catholic clergy abuse crisis on the sexual revolution and the Second Vatican Council.

Easter Sunday: Recognizing Jesus

Scripture for Life: The disciples' brokenhearted conversation and Jesus' description of them as foolish and sluggish of heart called them to believe in something bigger than their closed ideas and limited hopes. That served as a penitential rite, calling them to believe in God rather than cling to their perceptions.

'Mary Magdalene' is a film perfect for Holy Week

"Mary Magdalene" is the best film I have seen depicting the short period of Jesus' public life and his crucifixion, death and resurrection. Rooney Mara as Mary conveys a contemplative, firm spirit open to God's will.

Holy Week services go on in Paris despite Notre Dame fire

Losing a cathedral just as Holy Week begins would be the biggest logistical nightmare a bishop could imagine. Where to hold all those liturgies, how to accommodate all those people?

Be servants to one another, pope tells prisoners before washing feet

Jesus' gesture of washing his disciples' feet, an act once reserved to servants and slaves, is one that all Christians, especially bishops, must imitate, Pope Francis told hundreds of inmates and prison employees on Holy Thursday.

Man faces charges for trying to walk into cathedral with flammables

A man arrested by New York police after he tried to walk through St. Patrick's Cathedral with flammables late April 17 has been charged with attempted arson, reckless endangerment and trespassing.

Rwandan bishops apologize for letter urging release of old, ill convicts

Rwanda's Catholic bishops apologized for urging the release of some prisoners convicted for roles in the 1994 genocide, saying they realized by the reaction that they had caused much hurt.

South Sudan's Christian leaders say papal kiss is message of Easter

Pope Francis' surprise kiss on the feet of South Sudanese political leaders is the message of Easter, the country's Christian leaders said in a joint Easter message.