Pope Francis holds a palm frond as he celebrates a Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 14, 2019. "On Palm Sunday, palms are blessed and distributed in remembrance of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem", said Fr Nigel Barrett, spokesman for the archdiocese of Bombay.
The pope wore bright red vestments and held a braided palm as he and many cardinals and bishops took part in a long procession before he held mass at an open-air altar in front of Saint Peter's Basilica.
He said: 'Joyful acclamations at Jesus's entrance into Jerusalem, followed by his humiliation.
The Church itself had to resist triumphalism and spiritual worldliness, he added, calling them "the most treacherous temptation threatening the Church".
Speaking with Vanguard at the Holy Cross Cathedral in Lagos, the Catholic Archbishop of Lagos, Alfred Adewale Martins said: "Whatever the challenges or the conditions we are passing through, we must persevere just like our Lord Jesus Christ did and not forget that there is always glory at the end of every life challenge".
Palm Sunday, which falls on the last Sunday before Easter, is recognised by Christians as they mark the beginning of the journey to the cross where Jesus Christ was crucified.
Pope Francis during Palm Sunday Mass in Saint Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Apr. 14, 2019. On Good Friday he will lead the Way of the Cross procession at Rome's ancient Colosseum.
Francis also invited people to pray for peace, especially in the Holy Land and the Middle East.
The 82-year-old leader of the world's 1.3 billion Roman Catholics leads an Easter vigil service on Saturday night and on Easter Sunday he reads the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) message.