- Oct 24, 2020
Monday after Easter is a holiday in all or part of 118 nations, but nowhere does it pack quite the cultural punch as in Italy, even if by now it’s mostly lost its religious significance.
In a completely extemporaneous Easter Sunday homily, Pope Francis said that the Good News always comes in the form of a surprise, and one that’s designed to get people moving.
On this Easter Sunday, we see the source of Christian faith and action, a peace offered to all men and women, of every culture and language.
“To participate in Mass, especially on Sunday, means entering in the victory of the Risen, being illuminated by his light, warmed by his warmth,” Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience at St. Peter’s square at the Vatican.
Jesus “is someone who knows us, sees our pain and disappointment, and who is moved by us and calls us by name,” Pope Francis said during his general audience May 17. “Every man is a story of love that God writes on this earth.”
The need of fellow believers who have died with the mark of faith is what compels other believers to pray for them.