Pope Francis, Asian Bishops, others renew solidarity with Sri Lanka after blasts

Pope Francis pledged his closeness and solidarity with Sri Lanka again on Monday after the deadly terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday. Asian Churches and others joined in expressing their condolences.

Pope at Regina Coeli: “The risen Jesus walks beside us”

Pope Francis prays the Regina Coeli in St Peter’s Square on Easter Monday and reflects on the Gospel of St Matthew that describes the women meeting Jesus at the empty tomb.

Pope at Regina Coeli on Easter Monday: Full text

On Easter Monday, Pope Francis prays the Regina Coeli in St Peter’s Square and reminds us that, in Jesus, we too have risen.

Estonian priest, WWII veteran, and former Vatican Radio employee dies at 93

Fr. Vello Salo, a former employee of Vatican Radio and World War II veteran, died on Easter Sunday in Estonia at the age of 93.

Pope recalls 70th anniversary of first papal TV appearance

Pope Francis sends out his Easter greetings through modern means of communication, and recalls the 70th anniversary of the first papal appearance on television.

Pope Francis laments Easter Sunday attacks in Sri Lanka

Pope Francis laments the Easter Sunday attacks on several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, where at least 138 have died.

Pope at Easter Urbi et Orbi: Risen Christ shines light on darkness of conflict

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 at Easter Vigil: Roll away the stones that crush hope

“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.

Easter a holiday in Bangladesh this year

After 30 years, Bangladeshi Christians will be celebrating Easter as a holiday this year.

Cardinal Tagle Easter message: Kindness makes all the difference

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.

Card. Parolin receives French foreign minister

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.

The silence of Holy Saturday with Mary

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.

Zambia: Parishioners mark Good Friday with solidarity for victims of Cyclone Idai

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.

Holy Lands Easter message: lasting peace in Jerusalem and the w

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.

Reflections for Easter Sunday

Fr. Antony Kadavil reflects and comments on the readings at Mass for Easter Sunday. He says that Easter marks the birthday of our eternal hope.

Pope Francis recalls present-day crosses at Way of the Cross

At the conclusion of the Via Crucis at Rome’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.

Ecumenical Service marks the Lords Passion in South Africa

On Good Friday morning, South Africans in Durban, KwaZulu Natal commemorated the Lord’s Passion with an Ecumenical Service. Still in KwaZulu-Natal, a Pentecostal Church wall collapsed killing 13 people.

Journalist shot dead in Northern Ireland

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.

Pope exchanges greetings with the Chief Rabbi of Rome

Pope Francis and the Chief Rabbi of Rome, Riccardo Di Segni, exchange greetings for the Christian feast of Easter and the Jewish festival of the Passover, respectively.

Indian bishops: Good Friday continues even today but is not the end

Bishop Theodore Mascarenhas, the Secretary-General of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI), released a Good Friday message scheduled for broadcast on All India Radio.