Tag: Holy Week/Easter

Pope: Lent is a time to reflect on God’s love, not ‘useless sermons’

Pope: Lent is a time to reflect on God’s love, not ‘useless sermons’

| Junno Arocho Esteves | February 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Ashes not only symbolize humanity’s frail mortality but are also a reminder of God’s infinite love of people, whom he created from dust, Pope Francis said.

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Leap year’s extra day has a Catholic origin

Leap year’s extra day has a Catholic origin

| Donis Tracy | February 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

The extra day we get approximately once every four years is a way to adapt the calendar year to the astronomical year.

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Summer Twentieth

Summer Twentieth

| Kate Soucheray | June 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Summer is finally here and we must remember to enjoy it! Last summer, our then-4-year-old granddaughter and her cousins planned a day of fun at our house, which they named “Summer Twentieth.” When we told the girls my husband and I would not be home on the day of their planned event, they assured us they didn’t need us to be present for them to enjoy the day.

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Cardinal criticizes Sri Lankan government for not taking precautions

Cardinal criticizes Sri Lankan government for not taking precautions

| Michael Sainsbury | April 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has blamed the country’s authorities for the security lapse he claims could have prevented Easter bombings, in which the death toll surpassed 320.

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Sri Lankan attacks are the latest in series of Easter-related incidents

Sri Lankan attacks are the latest in series of Easter-related incidents

| April 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

At least 290 people were killed and more than 500 injured in Easter attacks on three churches and three hotels in Sri Lanka. The bombings were the latest in a string of Easter season bombings by extremists.

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USCCB president decries terrorist bombings of Sri Lanka churches, hotels

USCCB president decries terrorist bombings of Sri Lanka churches, hotels

| April 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops termed as “a great evil” the Easter terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka targeting the country’s minority Christian community as worshippers packed three churches.

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At Easter the stones of sin, despair, are rolled away, pope says at vigil

At Easter the stones of sin, despair, are rolled away, pope says at vigil

| Cindy Wooden | April 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

As individuals and as a church, it can be tempting to dwell on mistakes, failures and sins that block the fullness of life, but Easter is the proclamation that the Lord is victorious and his love will triumph, Pope Francis said.

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What my crocuses know about Easter

What my crocuses know about Easter

| Liz Kelly | April 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

A few weeks after I had a rather alarming lump removed in a somewhat unexpected surgery that was insanely expensive, even with insurance, I learned that my business accounts had been hacked to the tune of $100,000 in fraud. To put that in perspective, an average transaction on my website is about 12 bucks. Apparently, when random charges started coming in for $26,000 and the like, this raised no alarm bells. It was pretty impressive, actually. The hacker got into my email and was replying as me and had changed out my bank account for his (or hers, let’s be fair). No one caught this until almost two weeks had passed, at which point about $23,000 was unrecoverable.

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After long spiritual road, Cambodian genocide survivor to enter Church

After long spiritual road, Cambodian genocide survivor to enter Church

| Kelly Sankowski | April 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Phally Budock, who will enter the Church this Easter at St. Andrew Apostle Church in Silver Spring, Maryland, has always believed in God, but for a long time she did not understand why God allowed terrible things to happen, such as the atrocities she witnessed during the Cambodian genocide in the late 1970s.

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‘Breakthrough’ shows miracles happen, prayer is powerful, actress says

‘Breakthrough’ shows miracles happen, prayer is powerful, actress says

| Denis Grasska | April 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

This Easter, a new film promises to tell the real-life story of a person who died and miraculously came back to life.

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Hope, even in the shadow of the cross

Hope, even in the shadow of the cross

| Kate Soucheray | April 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

We are called in this Lenten season to grow in our faith and to be in the shadow of the cross, overcome neither by its threat of death nor the fear it intends to evoke. As people who stand firmly in the face of such intimidation, we know death is vanquished by the power of Jesus’ sacrifice. Easter Sunday must be preceded by the horrors of Good Friday, and as my mother-in-law always said, “There can be no Easter Sunday without Good Friday.” In her wisdom, she meant there will be difficult, and perhaps discouraging, times for all of us as we move through the phases of our lives.

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A triduum, or two, too many: Rome Diocese tries to unify celebrations

A triduum, or two, too many: Rome Diocese tries to unify celebrations

| Cindy Wooden | March 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Italians have a saying, “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi,” which means that one must spend Christmas with family but can spend Easter with whomever one wants.

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