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Pope Francis carries palm fronds in procession at the start of  Palm Sunday Mass (CNS)

An estimated 70,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square for the Mass at the start of Holy Week

A detail from the Agony in the Garden by El Greco

Palm Sunday, IS 50: 4-7; Phil 2: 6-11; MK 14:1 -15:47 (Year B)

Jesus enters Jerusalem, by Giotto

MAGNIFICAT: The week ahead

How to get more from MAGNIFICAT, the daily spiritual life companion

Bishop Lang. 'Pope Francis has called on us to support Christians facing persecution wherever they are in the world.' (Photo: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk)

Show those imprisoned or brutalised for their faith that they are not forgotten, says Bishop Lang

Iraqi Christians attend Mass at a church in Baghdad (CNS)

Catholics can ‘become promoters of dialogue through peace, prayer and sharing of burdens’, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri has said

An actor portrays Jesus in the Stations of the Cross during World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in 2013 (CNS)

The names of the stations are printed in the pre-conciliar editions of the Roman Missal, as well as in people’s trusty hand missals

A Japanese Chef serves tempura to France's President Francois Hollande and Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe (PA)

Eating Japanese food on Ember Days

In Latin the Ember Days are called the Quatuor Tempora, giving rise to a popular form of fried food

Pope Francis gestures as he leaves St Peter's Square after celebrating Easter Mass (CNS)

Pope donates 150 eggs to children at the Bambino Gesu paediatric hospital

Judas betraying Jesus in The Taking of Christ by Caravaggio

Judas was perhaps the first person to hate God in terms we can understand

Pope Francis delivering his unscripted homily on Sunday (PA) Below Video via RomeReports.com

Pontiff delivers unscripted speech to crowds in St Peter’s Square