- May 30, 2020
On occasion of the decision of the Diocese of Assisi to establish a shrine in memory of the “divestiture” of St. Francis, Pope Francis wrote a letter offering his blessing and support. “Unfortunately, 2,000 years after the proclamation of the Gospel and eight centuries after the witness of Francis, we face a phenomenon of global inequity and an economy that kills,” the pope said.
In his Easter message, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said that while some people may not feel worthy of Christ’s love because he “paid so high a price for our salvation,” they should not be afraid.
The Easter Vigil is loaded with symbolism. It must take place after dark and begins with the lighting of the fire outside and the inside lighting of the Paschal candle, whose light is passed on to individual candles. There are seven Old Testament readings telling the salvation history, sung responses between readings and a sung proclamation called an Exsultet.
A parishioner of an upscale church in Georgetown has found a new home in El Salvador where she finds that the Stations of the Cross are a often a reality rather than a symbolic act on Easter. “Every week is Holy Week here,” because of the suffering, says Margie Legowski.
Students at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa answered the call made by the Church and international organizations to help the communities in Kenya who risk starvation due to the drought that has devastated the region. Through concerts and donations, the students managed to raise money and collect food for the needy.
In Arkansas, an effort to execute seven men in 11 days, before the final batch of a drug used in lethal injections expires, raised objections by Church leaders. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, joined the ranks of those urging the governor of Arkansas to reconsider the executions.