- Apr 21, 2021
Christianity’s most joyous feast day was celebrated worldwide with faithful sitting far apart in pews and singing choruses of “Hallelujah” through face coverings on a second Easter Sunday conditioned by pandemic precautions.
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.
The Cerro de Estrella was a barren hilltop of sun-faded grass with three towering but empty wooden crosses on Good Friday, a day when for nearly all of the past 176 years it would have been crowded with multitudes of people witnessing a reenactment of the Passion of Christ.
A revival of an old Easter tradition has gone ahead in southern Czech Republic amid tight coronavirus restrictions.
Few Catholics in devout southern Spain would have ever imagined an April without the pomp and ceremony of Holy Week processions.
In a surprise move, Pope Francis on Holy Thursday celebrated the Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the private apartment of Cardinal Angelo Becciu, who resigned from his post earlier this year at the pope’s request.
Pope Francis on Thursday kicked off his second virtual Holy Week by telling priests that the cross of Jesus Christ, always present in their ministry, is the antidote to the “poison” of the devil, who tries to undo God’s work through lies and scandal.
At a time when enjoying choir music in churches is banned almost everywhere in the world due to COVID-19 restrictions, two young German tenors recorded a series of songs inspired by Christ’s passion and his resurrection in an empty St. Peter’s Basilica, with new songs being released every day from Wednesday until Easter Sunday.