VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Roman Catholic Church's most solemn week
is under way, with Pope Benedict celebrating Palm Sunday Mass in
St. Peter's Square.
The pope dedicated the start of Holy Week to young people,
continuing the tradition of Pope John Paul the Second.
This year, Holy Week includes the second anniversary of John
Paul's death. Tomorrow, the Catholic Church closes one phase of its
investigation in the push to make him a saint.
Benedict opened today's celebration with a procession including
dozens of priests, bishops and cardinals clutching palms and olive
Thousands turned out for the service, including young people who
came out in force.