Pope Francis sends out his Easter greetings through modern means of communication, and recalls the 70th anniversary of first papal appearance on television.
Pope Francis laments the Easter Sunday attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, which killed at least 138 people and wounded more than 400 others.
In his Easter Urbi et Orbi address, Pope Francis prays that the light of the Risen Christ shine in the darkness of conflicts around the world, especially those in Syria, Yemen, Israel and Palestine, Libya, Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sudan, South Sudan, eastern Ukraine, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.
Pope Francis celebrates the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica. The full text of his homily is below:
“Why do you seek the living among the dead?” is the recurring theme in Pope Francis’ homily during the Easter Vigil Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, as he challenges us to roll away the stones of sin and discouragement.
After 30 years, Bangladeshi Christians will be celebrating Easter as a holiday this year.
In his Easter message for this year, the Archbishop of Manila reflects on concrete acts of love and kindness, and invites us to share the journey with migrants and refugees.
The “ad interim” director of the Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, said that French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian was received in the Vatican on April 20 by Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. Le Drian has invited Pope Francis to visit Paris.
Holy Saturday is the interlude between the pain of the death of Jesus and the joy of His resurrection. No liturgy is celebrated during the day. In silent expectation, the Christian community relives the loss of the disciples of Christ as recollection and meditation reign supreme.
The Catholic faithful in Livingstone, the tourist capital of Zambia, on Good Friday, observed the day with a prayerful and Biblical re-enactment of the Way of the Cross by a procession through the town’s Central Business District.