You can now read 5 articles in a month for free on BostonGlobe.com. Read as much as you want anywhere and anytime for just 99¢.

Back home, pope celebrates Palm Sunday

GREGORIO BORGIA/AP

Pope Benedict XVI looked rested Sunday after a 6-day trip to Mexico and Cuba.

VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI began the Catholic Church’s Holy Week celebrations with Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square and good news from Cuba.

On Saturday, Cuba’s communist government agreed to Benedict’s request to make Good Friday a holiday, which he made during his visit to the Caribbean island last week. The day, which is celebrated this Friday, marks the solemn commemoration of Christ’s death.

Continue reading below

In the Holy Land, hundreds of Christian pilgrims also marked Palm Sunday, with Masses and processions retracing Jesus’s triumphant return to Jerusalem.

Benedict traveled into St. Peter’s Square on the back of a white jeep at the start of Palm Sunday Mass. The pope and the cardinals who proceeded him clutched braided palm fronds, while ordinary faithful carried olive and palm branches to recreate the welcome Jesus received. St. Peter’s was nearly full under cloudy, chilly skies.

The pope looked rested despite having just returned from an exhausting, six-day trip to Mexico and Cuba, where he met with former and current presidents Fidel and Raul Castro.

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

We hope you've enjoyed your 5 free articles'

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Already a subscriber?
Your city. Your stories. Your Globe.
Yours FREE for two weeks.
Enjoy free unlimited access to Globe.com for the next two weeks.
Limited time only - No credit card required!
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.
Thanks & Welcome to Globe.com
You now have unlimited access for the next two weeks.
BostonGlobe.com complimentary digital access has been provided to you, without a subscription, for free starting today and ending in 14 days. After the free trial period, your free BostonGlobe.com digital access will stop immediately unless you sign up for BostonGlobe.com digital subscription. Current print and digital subscribers are not eligible for the free trial.