50-year-old Fr. Mignani, pastor of Santa Caterina Parish in Bonassola, said during his homily March 28, “if I can’t bless same-sex couples, then I won’t bless palms and olive branches either."
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Cardinal Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, the archbishop of Jakarta said that the attack on the first day of Holy Week “shocked everybody in Indonesia, not only Catholics,” noting that “leaders of all religious communities ... condemned the brutal violence.”
SCRIPTURES & ART: Christ’s kingdom is “an eternal and universal kingdom: a kingdom of truth and life, a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love, and peace.”
User’s Guide to Sunday, March 28, Palm Sunday
Pope Francis said that the coronavirus pandemic has allowed people to see that “the real heroes” are not the “famous, rich and successful people,” but are those who “are giving themselves in order to serve others.”
Among other things to know, it is not necessary that palm branches be used in the procession. Other forms of greenery can also be used.
Maine’s official state nickname is “The Pine Tree State” and the trees are ubiquitous throughout the region.