The allure of power and money can be used to proclaim falsehoods and obscure the joyous announcement of Christ’s victory over death, Pope Francis said.
Bishop Robert Brennan’s full homily on Easter Sunday at the Cathedral Basilica of St. James.
The joy of Christ’s resurrection is needed now more than ever in a time when war in Ukraine and other parts of the world makes the hope for peace seem like an illusion, Pope Francis said before giving his Easter blessing.
Mass graves and the deceased still lying along the roadside became a kind of “Way of the Cross” where Cardinal Konrad Krajewski, the papal almoner, and Archbishop Visvaldas Kulbokas, apostolic nuncio to Ukraine, stopped and prayed.
The joy of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead gives joy and strength to those who are called to bring peace, reconciliation and justice to the suffering and the downtrodden, Pope Francis said.
Rings of Easter bread, or Pane di Pasqua in Italian, exuding the aroma of sweet cake, emerged from the oven of Caputo’s Bake Shop the day before Palm Sunday.
Pope Francis blessed a special Easter basket during a private audience with Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly and his family at the Vatican April 11.
At the start of Holy Week, Pope Francis on Sunday appealed for an immediate ceasefire to the war in Ukraine, saying Easter is a time to choose life over death.
At the Easter Vigil April 3, Jessica Rutherford became a full member of the Catholic Church, receiving the sacraments in the same school where she first began learning about Catholicism.
Though a secular Easter basket is often filled with chocolates and jellybeans, the contents found within a Polish Easter basket hold deeper religious meanings.