- Apr 10, 2021
Pope Francis on Easter morning offered words of consolation to all those still struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and urged pharmaceutical companies to speed up the production of COVID-19 vaccines amid global delays.
On Easter Sunday Pope Francis prayed for all those suffering due to either global conflict or the coronavirus, saying Christ’s resurrection brings both light and hope to the darkness of an oppressed and suffering world.
Sri Lankan police on Tuesday arrested the country’s police chief, currently on compulsory leave, and its former defense secretary for alleged negligence leading to the Easter Sunday bombings that killed more than 250 people at churches and hotels.
Three almost simultaneous explosions hit three churches in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, killing some 130 people and wounding many.
Up and down Latin America, Catholic bishops in their Easter messages offered spiritual content, but with a social and political edge.
Easter is a time to remember the joy that Jesus is alive and that his resurrection can inspire hope and love in the world, said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Pope Francis said Saturday night that although the resurrection of Christ often leaves his followers silent and numb, it sustains hope that the world can change.
The traditional Quasimodo’s Festival in Chile brings the sacraments to the old and infirm and parishioners who could not get to church on Easter Sunday. More than 4,000 people jumped on horses to visit households and give Communion.