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Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday Mass


Pope Francis has begun the Catholic Church’s most important liturgical season with a Mass at the Vatican.

250,000 pilgrims crowded St Peter’s Square for the outdoor Mass marking the start of .that marks the start of .

Sprigs of olive trees have been distributed to the faithful in remembrance of Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem before his crucifixion.

The run-up to Easter is considered the most important week in the calendar of the .

Pope Francis has begun the Catholic Churchs most important liturgical season with a Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican photo

Pope Francis has begun the Catholic Church’s most important liturgical season with a Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican

After Sunday’s Mass, Pope Francis will lead six more liturgies during the week, culminating with the Easter Sunday Mass and blessing.

What the newly-elected Pope says during these services will take on added significance coming at the start of his pontificate.

On Saturday, Pope Francis held a first meeting with his predecessor, Pope Emeritus Benedict, who is now living in retirement near Rome.

Pope Francis was flown by helicopter to Castel Gandolfo for a private lunch with Pope Emeritus Benedict.

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