Roman Catholic Church's Most Solemn Week Underway

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.

Palm Sunday commemorates Christ's triumphant entry into
Jerusalem, and is the start of Holy Week, which includes a
re-enactment of Christ's crucifixion on Good Friday and his death
and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.