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Serbian pilgrims carry crosses during Good Friday in Jerusalem Friday, April 18, 2014, as Christians commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. (AP Photo/Dusan Vranic)

Christians mark Good Friday in the Holy Land

JERUSALEM (AP) — Christians in the Holy Land have commemorated the crucifixion of Jesus Christ in Good Friday prayers and processions through Jerusalem’s Old City. Thousands of Christian pilgrims filled the cobblestone alleyways of the […]

04/18/2014

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Archbishop Gomez to celebrate Good Friday liturgy

LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Archbishop Jose H. Gomez will celebrate the Good Friday liturgy at noon Friday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. In the simplest liturgy of the church year, the […]

04/18/2014

Pope Francis arrives for the Chrism Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Thursday, April 17, 2014. During the mass the Pontiff blesses the oil of catechumens, the oil of sick and the holy chrism, which will be used in the administration of the sacraments throughout the year.  The Chrism Mass marks the start of the Easter celebrations.  (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope washes feet of elderly, disabled in rite

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 elderly and disabled people Thursday — women and non-Catholics among them — in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like […]

04/17/2014

Kevin Dean, co-owner of Superior Fish Company, puts Whitefish out for sale in Royal Oak, Mich., Monday, April 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Whitefish shortage causing Passover meal problems

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A shortage of whitefish in the Great Lakes region resulting partly from the winter deep freeze is coming at an inconvenient time for Jewish families: the Passover holiday, when demand […]

04/14/2014

An ultra-Orthodox Jewish youth burns leavened items in final preparation for the Passover holiday in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish town of Bnei Brak, near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, April 14, 2014. Jews are forbidden to eat leavened foodstuffs during the Passover holiday that celebrates the biblical story of the Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

Israeli families gather for ritual Passover meal

JERUSALEM (AP) — Families across Israel gathered after sundown Monday for ritual meals signaling the start of Passover, with holiday observances overshadowed by a fatal shooting in the West Bank. The weeklong holiday commemorates the […]

04/14/2014