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.
â€œWhy do you seek the living among the dead?â€ is the recurring theme in Pope Francisâ€™ homily during the Easter Vigil Mass in St Peterâ€™s Basilica, as he challenges us to roll away the stones of sin and discouragement.
The â€œad interimâ€ 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 townâ€™s Central Business District.
Thirteen Patriarchs and Heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem have issued an Easter Message praying for lasting peace throughout the world and urging that the multi-religious and multi-cultural status of Jerusalem be maintained.
At the conclusion of the Via Crucis at Romeâ€™s Colosseum on Good Friday evening, Pope Francis prays that we may recognize, in the Cross of Christ, all the crosses of those who suffer various forms of pain and injustice in the world today.
On Good Friday morning, South Africans in Durban, KwaZulu Natal commemorated the Lordâ€™s Passion with an Ecumenical Service. Still in KwaZulu-Natal, a Pentecostal Church wall collapsed killing 13 people.
Police in Northern Ireland say the dissident republican group, the New IRA, was most likely responsible for the fatal shooting of a journalist during overnight rioting in the Creggan area of the city of Londonderry.