- Mar 4, 2021
Raymond Arroyo admits, and he suspects many other Catholics are in the same boat, that for a long time all he knew of Dismas, also known as the Good Thief, was that he was one of the men that walked with and was crucified next to Jesus.
After digging deeper into Dismas’ story, however, the EWTN host realized there was more to it than that final act, and decided to share the backstory in the form of a picture book for families.
One year ago a fire nearly led to the collapse of Notre Dame’s cathedral.
Expressing sadness that Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed the Reproductive Health Protection Act, which was passed by the state’s Senate and House of Delegates, Bishops Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington and Barry C. Knestout of Richmond criticized him for the day he chose to sign it into law.
Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria took to the skies via a helicopter on Good Friday, April 10, to offer a blessing to the entire Diocese of Peoria as well as to pray for all affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Standing at the foot of the cross on Good Friday with Mary, we look upon her crucified Son, asking God, “Why did he have to die? Couldn’t there be some other way?” Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said in a homily April 10.
Shortly after assuring of his closeness amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak on an Italian television program, Pope Francis on Good Friday yet again appeared in a nearly empty St. Peter’s Square to lead a livestreamed Via Crucis with meditations written by prisoners.
On Good Friday Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, preacher of the papal household, said the COVID-19 coronavirus ought to be a turning point to end wars and fuel solidarity, and that the biggest thing people should fear is not an economic recession, but the further loss of humanity.
Meditations for Pope Francis’s “Via Crucis” ceremony on Good Friday were written by prisoners and their families, as well as crime victims and their families.