Pope Celebrates Palm Sunday Mass

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Faithful attending Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Apr. 14, 2019. As the story goes, palms were laid before Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem.

Palm Sunday begins the most holy week on the Christian liturgical calendar, leading to Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ.

Pope Francis warned against being judgmental and too full of oneself, including authorities in the Catholic Church, in his Palm Sunday homily during Mass in St. Peter's Square, which was crowded with tens of thousands of pilgrims, tourists, and Romans.

He said: 'Joyful acclamations at Jesus's entrance into Jerusalem, followed by his humiliation. This twofold mystery accompanies our entrance into Holy Week each year.

The pope said that it was important to resist the temptations of triumphalism and remain humble.

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Anglican Church priest-in-charge for St Mary's Chitungwiza Canon Norman Nyawo said the event was crucial as it inspires Christians to have the same character as Jesus.

Palm Sunday, which falls on the last Sunday before Easter, is recognised by Christians as they mark the beginning of the journey to the cross where Jesus Christ was crucified. The Vatican has announced that the next World Youth Day will be held in Portugal in 2021.

Various churches yesterday commemorated Palm Sunday, an event which signifies Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem ahead of his Crucifixion.

At the end of the two-hour service, Francis asked the crowd to pray for peace around the world but particularly the Holy Land and the Middle East. On Holy Thursday he will visit the prison of Velletri, south of Rome, where he will wash the feet of 12 prisoners.