- Apr 11, 2021
During an Easter Vigil celebration in a mostly empty St. Peter’s Basilica due to COVID-19 restrictions, Pope Francis reflected on the passage of the day’s Gospel that speaks of the women who went to Jesus’s tomb to anoint his body, but found it empty because he had risen from the dead.
Marco Pantoja III, 18, will sponsor his family when they are baptized as Catholics faith April 3, the Easter Vigil.
During his Saturday Easter Vigil Mass, Pope Francis likened the despair of Jesus’s followers after his death to that experienced by many due to the coronavirus, saying the Resurrection is a call to let go of fear and embrace hope.
Under normal circumstances, tens of thousands of people would be welcomed into the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil Masses around America this weekend.
Tens of thousands of new Catholics are expected to join the Catholic Church at Easter Vigil liturgies in parishes throughout the United States the night of April 20.
In the Diocese of Vasai of India, more than 200 people are expected to be received into the Church through baptism.
After questioning the Islamic tradition he had practiced for a few years, Christopher Booty delved into its history and explored other world religions — which eventually led him to Catholicism.
Phally Budock, who will enter the church this Easter at St. Andrew Apostle Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, has always believed in God, but for a long time she did not understand why God allowed terrible things to happen, such as the atrocities she witnessed during the Cambodian genocide in the late 1970s.