Pope Francis’ Schedule for Holy Week, Easter

April 1 Easter Morning Mass to be Celebrated in St. Peter’s Square

VATICAN CITY — Here is Pope Francis’ schedule for Holy Week and Easter:

  • March 9: Penitential Liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • March 17: Pastoral visit to San Giovanni Rotondo, the town 200 miles southeast of Rome where St. Padre Pio lived and ministered.
  • March 25: Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square.
  • March 29: Holy Thursday, morning chrism Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • March 30: Good Friday afternoon liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in St. Peter’s Basilica. Nighttime Way of the Cross at Rome’s Colosseum.
  • March 31: Easter vigil at 8:30 p.m. in St. Peter’s Basilica.
  • April 1: Easter morning Mass in St. Peter’s Square, followed by the papal blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world).
  • April 8: Divine Mercy Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square concelebrated with “missionaries of mercy.”