Published: Tue, April 16, 2019

Thousands of pilgrims mark Palm Sunday in Jerusalem

Thousands of pilgrims mark Palm Sunday in Jerusalem

A few churches led processions with palm leaves followed by special mass. Oswald Cardinal Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, called upon Catholics to alleviate suffering and injustice.

The countdown to the close of Lent began at Palm Sunday April 14. Israeli officials reported an estimated 15,000 people took part in the procession.

He said: 'Joyful acclamations at Jesus's entrance into Jerusalem, followed by his humiliation. This twofold mystery accompanies our entrance into Holy Week each year.

The pope cautioned against the temptation of "triumphalism", which he said feeds itself by "looking askance at others and constantly judging them inferior, wanting, failures". He added, "One subtle form of triumphalism is spiritual worldliness, which represents the greatest danger, the most treacherous temptation facing the Church".

In the Holy Bible, Christ had paid a visit to Jerusalem city riding on a mule as people welcomed him with open arms waving fig and palm leaves to show their love for him.

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

Pope Francis during Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Apr. 14, 2019.

"I once again appeal to the young people and to all to pray for peace in the world, but especially for peace in the Holy Land and the Middle East", the pope said.

Like every year the pope has a busy schedule this week.

On Holy Thursday, Francis will travel to the city of Velletri, south of Rome, to wash and kiss the feet of 12 inmates in a prison to commemorate Jesus's gesture of humility toward his apostles on the night before he died.

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