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Inside the VaticanMarch 27, 2024
A man carries palm fronds to distribute to people taking part in Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 24, 2024, marking the beginning of Holy Week. (CNS photo/Lola Gomez)

As Catholics around the world observe Holy Week, the hosts of “Inside the Vatican,” Colleen Dulle and Gerard O’Connell, take a look at Pope Francis’ Holy Week plans.

At his Palm Sunday liturgy, the pope set aside his prepared homily, opting instead of several minutes of silence. This decision prompted reports that Pope Francis was sick; Gerry gives an update on the pope’s health and why he may have skipped his homily.

In the second half of the show, Gerry and Colleen discuss Gerry’s recent interview with Vatican Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Paul Gallagher. The archbishop spoke with Gerry about whether the war in Gaza should be considered a genocide, and he revealed that Pope Francis’ trip to four countries in Asia, which was originally planned for August, is now scheduled for September.

Colleen also gives updates on a recent meeting between the German bishops and Vatican officials over the controversial “Synodal Way” project, and on Pope Francis’ Holy Week letter to Catholics living in the Holy Land.

Read more:

Pope Francis condemns ‘vile terrorist attack’ in Moscow at Palm Sunday ceremony

Interview: Pope Francis’ foreign minister on Gaza, Ukraine and the future of the church in China

Full Text: Pope Francis’ Easter message to the Catholics in the Holy Land

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