Posts tagged ‘Easter’

#ShortNews: USCCB president’s Easter message

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in his Easter message that “Jesus waits for you and me, embracing us in our moments of greatest need and desire.”

“Mary thought she had discovered the Risen Lord, but it was the Risen Lord who discovered her,” he said. “Jesus calls out to each of us by name today as He did the very first Easter Sunday.’”

“Welcome the love of God into your life,” he continued. “Share it those around you, especially the most vulnerable of our sisters and brothers. In this way, we proclaim with Mary, ‘I have seen the Lord.’ Sing joyfully, ‘the Prince of life, who died, reigns immortal.’”


#ShortNews: Pakistan: Christian-Muslim campaign for peace

The Pakistani bishops’ conference and a Muslim organization have begun a joint campaign for peace that will last through the Easter season.

The campaign’s symbol is an olive branch, and olive trees are being planted at churches, mosques, schools, and madrasas, according to a Fides report.

“Muslim leaders are asking for olive trees to be planted in seminaries where young Muslims study and can learn to become lovers of peace,” said Father Francis Nadeem of the bishops’ National Commission for Interreligious Dialogue and Ecumenism.

#ShortNews: Thousands entered Church in US at Easter

About one-third of the dioceses in the United States have reported the numbers of catechumens and candidates who were intending to enter the Church at the Easter Vigil.

The highest figures were supplied by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (2,694 catechumens and candidates—up from 1,638 in 2015), the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston (2,375), the Diocese of Dallas (2,175), the Archdiocese of Atlanta (1,892), the Archdiocese of Newark (1,192), the Archdiocese of Washington (1,181), and the Archdiocese of Seattle (1,088).

39,721 catechumens were baptized in the United States in 2015, and an additional 71,809 candidates were received into full communion with the Church, for a total of 111,530 converts—down from 114,721 converts (44,544 catechumens and 70,117 candidates) in 2014, but up from 106,485 converts (39,654 catechumens and 66,831 candidates) in 2013.

#ShortNews: Pope Francis’s Easter Message ‘Urbi et Orbi’ (To the City and the World)

Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Easter!

Today, throughout the world, the Church echoes once more the astonishing message of the first disciples: “Jesus is risen!” —“He is truly risen, as he said!”

The ancient feast of Passover, the commemoration of the liberation of the Hebrew people from slavery, here finds fulfilment. By his resurrection, Jesus Christ has set us free from the slavery of sin and death, and has opened before us the way to eternal life.

All of us, when we let ourselves be mastered by sin, lose the right way and end up straying like lost sheep. But God himself, our shepherd, has come in search of us. To save us, he lowered himself even to accepting death on the cross. Today we can proclaim: “The Good Shepherd has risen, who laid down his life for his sheep, and willingly died for his flock, alleluia” (Roman Missal, IV Sunday of Easter, Communion antiphon). [click link for full text]

#ShortNews: Pope Francis’s Easter Vigil Mass homily: full text, link to video

“After the Sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb” (Mt 28:1). We can picture them as they went on their way… They walked like people going to a cemetery, with uncertain and weary steps, like those who find it hard to believe that this is how it all ended. We can picture their faces, pale and tearful. And their question: can Love have truly died?

Unlike the disciples, the women are present —just as they had been present as the Master breathed his last on the cross, and then, with Joseph of Arimathea, as he was laid in the tomb. Two women who did not run away, who remained steadfast, who faced life as it is and who knew the bitter taste of injustice. We see them there, before the tomb, filled with grief but equally incapable of accepting that things must always end this way. [click link for full text]

✝️ Easter Sunday 2017 ✝️



✙ Holy Saturday 2017 ✙

His Cross stands empty in a world grown silent;

Through hours anguish and of dread;

In stillness, earth awaits the Resurrection

While Christ goes down to wake the dead.