Pope Francis Celebrates Holy Thursday Mass With Cardinal He Fired

In a surprise move, Pope Francis on Holy Thursday celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper – one of the most sacred liturgies on the Catholic calendar – at the private apartment of Italian Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who resigned from his post earlier this year at the pope’s direct request.

Easter Triduum to Begin With Holy Thursday Evening Mass

The sacred Easter Triduum — which marks the end of the Lenten season and leads to the Mass of the Resurrection of the Lord at the Easter Vigil — begins with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper. Held during the evening of Holy Thursday, the Mass of the Lord’s Supper is regarded as one of the most important Catholic liturgies of the year.