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Jerusalem: Church leaders pray for lasting and just peace

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.

The 13 patriarchs and heads of Christian Churches in Jerusalem have expressed their Easter greeting to the people of the Holy Land, the larger Middle East and ...

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Stephen K Amos meets Pope Francis

Image: BBC

Pope Francis has told a gay comedian that people who "select or discard" people because of their sexuality "don't have a human heart." The Pope made the comments to Stephen K Amos in the final episode of the BBC2 series Pilgrimage: The Road To Rome which was screened on Good Friday.

The three-part series took eight celebrities - actors Les Dennis and Lesley Joseph, professional dancer Bre...

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Archbishop Angaelos appeals for all faiths to #StandTogether against persecution

Today, Easter Monday - the day after hundreds of Christians were killed in a series of terror attacks on churches in Sri Lanka - and just weeks after the mass shooting at a mosque in New Zealand, Archbishop Angaelos, Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London issued a powerful appeal urging all faiths to stand together. In a Twitter message the Archbishop writes: '#ItIsTime for us all to ...

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HCPT: Welsh region sets the theme of 'love'

The HCPT Easter Pilgrimage began in Lourdes yesterday. Groups around the country have prepared liturgies on the pilgrimage theme ' Cariad - God's love is the best love'. The leading region this year is Wales.

Cariad is an important word in Wales, it means love. HCPT Wales says: "During your week in Lourdes, may you receive God's love and share this with your HCPT family. At the end of t...

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Can these bones live? - Easter Sunday message for Extinction Rebellion

Extinction Rebellion Easter Sunday prayer service

On Easter Sunday, members of Green Christian joined Christian Climate Action and friends at Marble Arch, London, as part of the Extinction Rebellion protest camp. They took part in an ecumenical Easter Sunday service, sitting in the road, with people bringing a song or a reading or a liturgy.

Jeremy Williams brought this reflection on Ezekiel 37 - where death does not get the final word.<...

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USA: Thousands of new Catholics welcomed at Easter Vigil Masses

Dioceses across the United States welcomed more than 37,000 people into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil Masses on the evening of 20 April, the US Bishops Conference report.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the largest in the United States, welcomed 1,560 catechumens and 913 candidates; the Archdiocese of San Francisco welcomed 174 catechumens and 175 candidates; and the Diocese of Sa...

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UK politicians raise plight of persecuted Christians in Easter messages

Prime Minister Theresa May, Opposition Leader Jeremy Corbyn and Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt, all focused on the plight of persecuted Christians and refugees in their Easter messages.

Mrs May said: "For millions of Christians in this country and around the world, Easter is a particularly special time, when we remember the powerful message at the heart of our Christian faith. A message o...

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Sri Lanka: hundreds killed in Easter Sunday bombings

Broken statue at St Anthony's Catholic Shrine in Kochchikade

Unknown attackers set off at least seven massive explosions on Easter Sunday morning at three churches and four hotels in Sri Lanka. Two of the churches targeted were Catholic and one was an evangelical church.

The first blast hit St Anthony's Catholic Shrine in Kochchikade, a district north of the capital Colombo, causing heavy casualties. Dozens of people died at St Sebastian's Catholi...

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Pope's Easter Urbi et Orbi message

"Christ is alive and he remains with us."

With those words of hope, Pope Francis addressed the crowds gathered in St Peter's Square on Easter Sunday for the Urbi et Orbi ("to the City and to the World") message and blessing.

He said the morning of Easter represents "the perennial youth of the Church and of humanity as a whole".

The Holy Father began his address by citing his r...

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Text: Cardinal Vincent Nichols Easter Vigil homily

Cardinal Nichols gave the following homily during the Easter Vigil at Westminster Cathedral.

Tonight is a family party. It's a big family, and so a big party!

At a family 'do' we happily reminisce. 'Do you remember when this happened?' 'How on earth did we get out of that mess?' 'Remember Auntie May?' Memory is such an important part of how we identify and understand ourse...

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Pat Gaffney: 'a woman in the prophetic tradition of the scriptures'

Theresa Allessandro, Pat Gaffney, Marie Dennis

Pat Gaffney was described as "a woman in the prophetic tradition of the scriptures" by Bishop Kevin Dowling of Rustenburg last Saturday. The South African bishop, who is a co- President of Pax Christi International, was speaking at her retirement party in London on 13 April. Marie Dennis from the United States, the other co-President, described Pat as "faithful teacher and guide, brilliant seek...

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HAPPY EASTER!

Easter Sunday - 'Noli me tangere' by Giotto

Happy Easter! Christ has Risen!

Very best wishes for a Happy and Holy Easter to all our readers.

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Text: Homily of Pope Francis at Easter Vigil

The women bring spices to the tomb, but they fear that their journey is in vain, since a large stone bars the entrance to the sepulchre.

The journey of those women is also our own journey; it resembles the journey of salvation that we have made this evening. At times, it seems that everything comes up against a stone: the beauty of creation against the tragedy of sin; liberation from slav...

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Easter Sunday Reflection with Fr Robin Gibbons

Holy Pascha

This man God raised (on) the third day and granted that he be visible, not to all the people, but to us, the witnesses chosen by God in advance, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. He commissioned us to preach to the people and testify that he is the one appointed by God as judge of the living and the dead.* (Acts 10:40-42)

I doubt if we ever re...

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