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The author, centre, prepares for the procession

Finally I have fulfilled a long-held ambition to walk among the penitents in Valladolid

A hooded penitent in the  Philippines pauses while carrying a cross (AP)

Faithful urged to ‘focus on prayers’ rather than extreme self-mortification

Mary embraces Jesus from the "Lamentation of Christ" by Umbrian painter Niccolo di Liberatore. Photo: CNS

During Holy Week, we should blame the sins of the world for Christ’s death while remembering he freely laid down his life for us

Members of the Croydon ordinariate group with Mgr John Broadhurst (Photo: Personal Ordinariate)

Figure includes about 250 former Anglicans joining the ordinariate

Archbishop Vincent Nichols celebrates Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral last week   (Mazur/catholicchurch.org.uk)

Archbishop Nichols celebrates Chrism Mass at Westminster Cathedral

Mgr Newton, the Ordinary, with newly received members of the ordinariate at St George’s Cathedral, Southwark                            © Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham

Nearly 1,000 members of new ordinariate start life as Catholics after Holy Week receptions

Benedict XVI waves as he leaves his general audience in St Peter's Square today, April 20 (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Jesus warned believers against the soul’s ‘insensitivity’ towards evil, Pope Benedict XVI says at general audience

The Cathedral of Mdina, Malta, decorated for the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul (courtesy of the New Liturgical Movement)

One of the glories of the Triduum is the long and silent adoration at the Altar of Repose. One of its miseries is the attempt by misguided people to fill in the silence

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/04/11

Morning Catholic must-reads: 20/04/11

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Catechumens pictured at St Ignatius Cathedral in Shanghai (CNS photo)

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