On Palm Sunday, Pope says Church needs to be humble

Clay Curtis
April 16, 2019

Explaining the significance of Palm Sunday, he said that in the time of Jesus, a soldier riding on a horse meant that he came to conquer, but when the Lord came on a donkey, it meant that he came in peace.

Holy Week begins this morning with the observance of Palm Sunday, when Christians carry palm branches to recall the entry of Jesus into Jerusalem before his crucifixion. The Vatican said over 40,000 people were present for the occasion.

The pope wore bright red vestments and held a braided palm as he and many cardinals and bishops took part in a long procession before he held mass at an open-air altar in front of Saint Peter's Basilica.

"Joyful acclamations at Jesus' entrance into Jerusalem, followed by his humiliation".

Christians in Ghana are joining their brethren around the world to mark Palm Sunday, which commemorates the triumphal entry of Jesus Christ into Jerusalem days before his arrest and crucifixion.

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Francis pointed to the story as a warning to resist triumphalism and remain humble. He added, "One subtle form of triumphalism is spiritual worldliness, which represents the greatest danger, the most treacherous temptation facing the Church".

"The silence of Jesus throughout his Passion is profoundly impressive".

Pope Francis is marking Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, which is jammed with tens of thousands of faithful.

Palm Sunday, otherwise known as Passion Sunday, marks the first day of Holy Week - the last week of Lent, which starts on Palm Sunday and ends on Easter Sunday.

Earlier this month the 82-year-old pope attempted to bring peace to Africa, kneeling and allegedly kissing the feet of the leaders of conflict-torn South Sudan - President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar.

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