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Papal Easter Mass and blessing draw 150,000 faithful

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:36
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated the Easter Sunday liturgy in St. Peter’s Square. In his Easter message, the Pope called for peace and stability in the world’s most conflict-ridden countries, and then bestowed his blessing Urbi et Orbi. An estimated 150,000 people were in attendance.Beginning with the words of the angels to the myrrh-bearing women—“Do not be afraid! ... for he has been raised”—Pope Francis said the culmination of the Gospel in the resurrection of Jesus is “the Good News par excellence”. Without the fact of the resurrection, he told the 150,000 people gathered to hear
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Easter in Nigeria: Boko Haram will not have the final word

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 12:30
(Vatican Radio) “Easter tells us that all hope is not lost, we in northern Nigeria cannot let Boko Haram have the final word, it tells us that there is a greater force and therefore we should not be overcome by a terrible fear and even paranoia that we are unable to even go out to worship”, Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos told Vatican Radio this Easter Sunday. Nigerians marked Easter with heightened security against a spreading Islamic uprising, mourning the deaths of 75 bomb blast victims and fearful of the fate of 84 abducted schoolgirls. The leader of the Islamic extremist Boko Haram
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Blessed John Paul II : an Easter message

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:29
(Vatican Radio) In the course of his over a quarter of a century pontificate Blessed John Paul II, to be canonised by Pope Francis on Sunday April 27, spoke many times about the central mystery of salvation.Being a good linguist he often did so in English especially for the benefit of English speaking pilgrims during his Wednesday general audiences in Saint Peter's Square. A weekly appointment he dearly loved , during which he shared with those present a catechesis. On one occasion , it was April 1993 and Eastertide, he spoke of the Resurrection of Christ and of that message of the Angel to
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Holy Saturday: an empty day?

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:12
(Vatican Radio) - We bring you a reflection for Easter Saturday presented by Monsignor Peter Fleetwood.In this brief reflection Monsignor Peter Fleetwood explains how the only time apart from occasional phrases in gospel readings that hell is mentioned in Church is when we recite the shorter version of the proclamation of faith, what we call the Apostle's Creed: "After Jesus was crucified, dead and buried, Christians have continued with the words: 'he descended into hell'. In other words after the crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus which we remember on Good Friday , the Apostle's Creed
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Et Resurrexit tertia die: J.S. Bach's joyful exuberance

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:12
(Vatican Radio) After the subdued tone of our Passiontide hymns, it's now time to burst forth in songs of joy says our music historian Monsignor Philip Whitmore as he presents this musical meditation focusing on the first of the Glorious Mysteries. One which takes us straight to the moment when the powers of darkness were defeated for ever and the day of our redemption dawned. A programme produced by Veronica Scarisbrick.Listen:
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Blessed John XXIII: an Easter message

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:10
(Vatican Radio ) On the 17 April 1960, Blessed John XXIII wished the faithful gathered in Saint Peter's Square a Happy Easter in English, a language he never quite mastered.It was the 17th of April of that year when during his so called 'Urbi et Orbi' , Easter message to the city and to the world , this Roman Pontiff soon to be canonised by Pope Francis , told the faithful in in a style that was still formal in manner yet at the same time personal in content: "Here we are, from Easter onwards we can renew our loyal commitment to honour the responsibilities that life lays before us in
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Sunday Gospel Apr 20 2014

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:09
Jiill Bevilacqua presents 'There's More in the Gospel than Meets the Eye' in which you can hear readings and reflections for Easter Sunday.Listen: Gospel Jn 20:1 - 9On the first day of the week,Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,while it was still dark, and saw the stone removed from the tomb.So she ran and went to Simon Peter and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put him.”So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.They both ran, but the other disciple ran
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Patriarch Laham's Easter appeal: Stop sending arms, terrorists to Syria

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 10:57
(Vatican Radio/Sana) Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has visited the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, which was recaptured from rebels last week. Assad's Easter visit to Maaloula highlighted growing government confidence in recent gains against insurgents around the capital and along the Lebanese border. In his Easter message, the Greek Catholic Patriarch of Antioch and All East Gregory III Laham Patriarch Laham called upon the Arab and Western world to leave Syria for the Syrians and stop sending mercenaries, terrorists and weapons to it.SANA agency reports the Patriarch said that “the
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Pope pleads for peace in Easter message

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 08:42
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated the Easter Morning mass, with an assembly of about 150,000 gathered in St. Peter’s Square. After the mass, as is custom, he ascended to the loggia to pronounce his Easter message and to grant his blessing Urbi et Orbi. Below is a translation of the Pope’s message, which pleads for peace in the most distressing places in our world today.***************Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy and Holy Easter!The Church throughout the world echoes the angel’s message to the women: “Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is
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Pope at Easter Vigil: 'Return to Galilee' and rediscover God's grace

Vatican News - Sun, 04/20/2014 - 03:28
(Vatican Radio) Jesus’ call to his Apostles, after his Resurrection, to “return to Galilee”, is the call to re-read everything in the life of Christ “on the basis of the cross and its victory.. from this supreme act of love,” said Pope Francis in his homily during the Easter Vigil celebration on Saturday evening. It is also a call to every Christian to rediscover their baptism “as a living fountainhead, drawing new energy from the sources of our faith and our Christian experience,” he said. “To return to Galilee means above all to return to that blazing light with which God’s grace touched me
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Mexico City rocked by earthquake

Vatican News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 14:18
(Vatican Radio) Seismologists and volcanologists are monitoring the aftershocks of a 7.5 magnitude earthquake, which rocked and swayed Mexico City for a full two minutes.The sheer duration of this quake, as much as its power is noteworthy. And after the two minutes had subsided aftershocks started. Experts have so far measured more than seventy. The quake drove thousands on to the streets of Mexico City, having reached the Capitol just seconds from its epicenter in the South Western State of Guerrero, on the other side of the country. Structural damage to a hospital in the State Capitol
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Ukraine offers Easter truce to pro-Russia seperatists

Vatican News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 14:11
(Vatican Radio) As Ukrainian believers prepare to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ this Easter,Ukraine's interim government has offered peace to pro-Russian separatists in the east.Ukraine's Foreign Minister Andriy Deschytsia announced that authorities have halted a crackdown on groups seeking to breakaway from this former Soviet nation. "The anti-terrorist operation, was put on hold for the Easter time," he explained. "And we will be not using force against them, at this moment." Ukraine's Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk and Acting President Oleksandr Turchynov also pledged in a
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Pope Francis set to preside over Easter Vigil in Saint Peter's Basilica

Vatican News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 14:06
(Vatican Radio) On the evening of April 19, Pope Francis is scheduled to preside over the Easter Vigil celebration in Saint Peter's Basilica. During this celebration the Pope will baptise ten catechumens, the youngest of whom is a seven year old Italian and the eldest a fifty- eight year old from Vietnam. The catechumens come from a number of different countries including France, Bielorussia, Lebanon and Senegal.On Easter Sunday morning Pope Francis will preside over Holy Mass in Saint Peter’s Square at 10.15 a.m. and will then impart his traditional ‘Urbi et Orbi’ blessing, to the city and
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Cardinal Burke reflects on Easter in Rome

Vatican News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:58
(Vatican Radio) After Jerusalem, Rome is viewed as the most important place of pilgrimage to mark the passion death and resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. During Holy Week the Pope, who is also the Bishop of Rome, presides over the main liturgical ceremonies including the celebration of the In Coena Domini and Chrism Masses.Rome’s Coliseum takes centre stage on Good Friday for the celebration of the Via Crucis or Stations of the Cross.And on Easter Sunday the Holy Father, following the celebration of Mass in the splendor of St Peter’s Square, gives an address to the City of Rome and the
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Easter Vigil: One catechumen in London on his journey of faith towards Catholicism

Vatican News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:56
(Vatican Radio) 712 adults are set to become new members of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Westminster in London during the Easter Vigil. They include 311 catechumens who will be baptized and 401 candidates already baptized who will be received into full communion. They hail from all walks of life and each has their own personal journey of faith towards Catholicism. Among the catechumens is 47 year old Rafael, a doctor in London who was born into a Muslim family. He spoke to Susy Hodges about what prompted him to take this life-transforming step. Listen to the full interview with
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Pope Francis: In the Cross we see the monstrosity of man and greatness of God’s mercy

Vatican News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 08:35
(Vatican Radio) “In the Cross we see the monstrosity of man, when we allow ourselves to be guided by evil; but we also see the immensity of God's mercy who does not treat us according to our sins, but according to His mercy”. This was the message at the heart of Pope Francis’ brief unscripted address Friday evening as he presided at the traditional "Via Crucis", or Way of the Cross, service at Rome’s ancient Colosseum.Emer McCarthy has this report. Listen: Immigrants, the unemployed, the sick, the elderly and prisoners: these were the focus of thousands of pilgrims prayers Friday evening
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Nigeria: 85 school girls still held by Boko Haram

Vatican News - Sat, 04/19/2014 - 07:04
(Vatican Radio/Agencies) Fourteen more school girls have succeeded in escaping from their kidnappers, the Islamic militant Boko Haram, after the group abducted 129 school girls from their high school in Borno State this week.Monday's mass abduction of schoolgirls aged 15 to 18 by Boko Haram, who are fighting for a breakaway Islamic state in northern Nigeria, shocked Africa's most populous country.It also underscored just how powerless Nigeria's military is at protecting civilians despite a year-long state of emergency meant to flush the rebels out of three states in the northeast.The
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International deal reached in effort to end unrest in Ukraine

Vatican News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 15:45
(Vatican Radio) The international community is anxiously watching whether an unexpected deal between the United States, Russia, Ukraine and the European Union will end unrest in Ukraine where armed separatists in the east want to breakaway from the country.Yet a day after the envoys agreed to ease tensions in Ukraine, there were no signs that pro-Russian separatists in the eastern town of Slaviansk had disarmed.They first want Ukraine to become a federal state with more autonomy for the eastern regions."The town of Slaviansk is surrounded, the army is everywhere," a pro-Russian protester said
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Pope Francis: the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum

Vatican News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 12:19
(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis presided over the via crucis – the Way of the Cross – this Good Friday evening at the Colosseum in Rome. The Way of the Cross is a centuries-old and much beloved devotion, that began as a sort of spiritual pilgrimage to the places and scenes and events of Christ’s passion for those who could not make the pilgrimage to the Holy Land in person, as well as for those who had made it and wished to relive their experience, and for those who were preparing for the journey. The practice of placing the “stations” of the Cross in churches, as well as the number of stations –
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Papal Good Friday liturgy solemn, prayerful

Vatican News - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 09:59
(Vatican Radio) Hundreds of faithful filled St Peter’s Basilica Friday evening for the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord. The liturgy, also known as the Good Friday service, recalls the crucifixion and death of Jesus. Pope Francis presided the liturgy, whose focal points included the reading of the Passion of Christ and the Adoration of the Holy Cross. Earlier in the day, Fr Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, told a press conference that the celebration of the Passion of Our Lord is the only papal liturgy in the year when the Pope does not preach the homily. The
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