Having experienced forgiveness, Christians have a duty to forgive others.
"I don't know how this will end, but I know Christ has risen."
The Diocese of Rockville Centre reported 232 catechumens and 327 candidates.
The Mass also recalls the institution of the priesthood at the Last Supper and bishops and priests renew the promises they made on their ordination day.
Okonkwo has not yet chosen a school to attend, but believes Harvard may be the best fit in his pursuit of a medical degree.
Watch video of Pope Francis' Palm Sunday message and prayers for the people of Egypt.