The 28 steps come from a staircase in Pontius Pilate’s palace in Jerusalem and are believed to be where Jesus Christ walked on his way to his trial.
Ordained ministers have a responsibility to “help people to lift their gaze beyond the pessimism of those who speak today of ‘new dark ages’ and enable them to discern a distant horizon of hope”.
“There are no adequate words in the face of such pain” - Bishop Donal McKeown of Derry.
6.30am celebration includes the lighting and blessing of the Paschal fire, the blessing and sprinkling of Easter water, and the renewal of baptismal vows.
“Some families are living a long Good Friday and it is difficult for them to know the Easter promise of resurrection.”
FleshandBlood (FaB) campaign launches in Dublin with the aim of mobilising parishes to become more actively involved in donating blood and organs.
Over 100,000 pilgrims attend Mass in St Peter’s Square and ponder the question 'Who am I?'