• On Good Friday, Christians ponder modern-day martyrdom

    • Apr 3, 2015

    ROME — As Christians commemorate the suffering and death of Jesus on Good Friday, attacks on believers in various parts of the world are causing many pastors and other leaders to cast modern martyrdom as an extension of Christ’s agony which, they say, will also end in the resurrection. During

  • This week, wrenching sorrow to genuine joy

    • Apr 1, 2015

    This is, for me, a schizophrenic week. From Palm Sunday to Easter, Holy Week offers a feast of solemn services. There’s Tenebrae, when each of 15 candles set high on an altar stand is gradually extinguished, symbolizing Christ’s death. Each candle goes dark as a psalm is read. Finally, the