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Inside the VaticanApril 14, 2022
Pope Francis leads the Good Friday Way of the Cross in Rome's Colosseum April 19, 2019. People following the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum this year will find a message of hope, including with a Russian and Ukrainian family carrying a cross together at the nighttime ceremony. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square on April 10 for the Vatican’s first public Palm Sunday Mass in two years, and Pope Francis began the busiest liturgical week of the year while still dealing with acute knee pain. Afterwards, he called for an Easter truce in Ukraine.

On “Inside the Vatican,” Rome correspondent Gerard O’Connell and host Colleen Dulle discuss Pope Francis’ message of peace and how he is likely to expand it later this week.

The two also look at what mobility challenges Pope Francis may face during his eight Holy Week ceremonies.

Note: After this episode was recorded April 11, news broke that Pope Francis will be washing the feet of inmates at a prison in Civitavecchia, Italy, on Holy Thursday. Two high-profile Ukrainians have also called on Pope Francis to remove a Russian family from co-presenting one of the Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum with a Ukrainian family. More on that story below.

Read more:

Pope Francis calls for an Easter truce in Ukraine, leading to ‘peace through a true negotiation’

Read: Pope Francis’ homily for Palm Sunday 2022. ‘God can forgive every sin.’

Joe Donnelly, a ‘proud’ Catholic, presents credentials to Pope Francis as U.S. ambassador to Holy See

A Ukrainian and a Russian were invited to lead the Vatican’s Via Crucis. Ukraine wants Pope Francis to reconsider.

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