“Love triumphs!” Text of pope’s Easter message

April 5, 2015 VATICAN CITY — Here is the Vatican’s English translation of Pope Francis’ Easter message. He delivered it from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica today before giving his solemn blessing “urbi et orbi” (to the city and the world). Dear Brothers and Sisters, Jesus Christ is risen! Love has triumphed over…

Pope asks prisoners to pray that Christ make him a better servant

April 2, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a moving ceremony that recalled how Jesus loved the world so deeply that he lowered himself to serve and died for everyone’s sins, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 prison inmates, plus a small toddler who lives with his incarcerated mother. “Jesus loved us, Jesus loves…

A.D.: The Bible Continues

NEW YORK (CNS) — The opportunity to watch a biblical interpretation on the big or small screen can be a mixed blessing. It’s certainly something of a novelty, given the current television culture, to see the story of Jesus’ earthly life — or its aftermath — unfold in a mass-media format. Yet audiences are at…

Pope says a ‘good Easter’ requires making Jesus’ passion one’s own

April 1, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — For a “good Easter,” Christians must do more than simply recall the passion of Jesus during Holy Week; they must “enter into the mystery” of the Easter Triduum and make Jesus’ feelings and attitudes their own, Pope Francis said. During his general audience April 1, he also recalled…

Way of Cross takes Jesus’ point of view to help others carry crosses

March 30, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — People following the Stations of the Cross at Rome’s Colosseum this year will be guided in an exercise of imagining what Jesus was thinking and feeling along the Via Dolorosa. Those moments of bitterness and pain — “Now I am sharing the ultimate, painful experience of every human…

Service as true presence

A Holy Thursday reflection by Maureen and Jim Otremba If you have never participated in the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper, then you might understandably expect the Gospel reading for this liturgy to recount the meal in which Jesus gave us his body and blood in the first Eucharist. But you may be…

Easter Vigil shows that God’s love conquers the darkness

By Nicole Walz “This is the night of which it is written: The night shall be as bright as day, dazzling is the night for me, and full of gladness.” I found myself singing these simple yet profound words of the Easter Proclamation (“Exsultet”) two years ago in Haiti on a mission trip during our…

Easter reminds us that Good Friday isn’t the end of the story

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Several weeks ago, during the Rite of Election at St. Mary’s Cathedral, I had the privilege of welcoming people from throughout our diocese who will be fully initiated into the Church at the Easter Vigil.During these 40 days of Lent, they have been making their final preparations for what…