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posted Apr 24, 2019, 6:31 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Apr 24, 2019, 6:32 AM ]

Pope Francis' Easter Message

"Christ is alive, and He remains with us." With those words of hope, Pope Francis addressed the crowds gathered in St Peter's Square on Easter Sunday for the Urbi et Orbi ("to the City and to the World") message and blessing. He said the morning of Easter represents "the perennial youth of the Church and of humanity as a whole".

The Holy Father began his address by citing his recent post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Christus vivit. "Christ is alive! He is our hope, and in a wonderful way, He brings youth to our world. Everything He touches becomes young, new, full of life."

Easter, said Pope Francis, is the "beginning of a new world, set free from the slavery of sin and death: the world open at last to the Kingdom of God, a Kingdom of love, peace and fraternity." Jesus, he added, does not abandon those who face hardship and sorrow, and he named the many parts of the world that are witnessing various forms of conflict.


Easter attacks draw international condemnation, prayers for victims

Religious and civil leaders have responded with condolences, prayer, and calls for justice, after several explosions at churches and hotels in Sri Lanka killed more than 200 people, and injured hundreds more on Easter Sunday.

Calling it "a very, very sad day for all of us," Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith, Archbishop of Colombo, cancelled all remaining Easter Masses for the day in the Colombo district.

He expressed his "deepest sorrow and sympathy to all those innocent families that have lost someone, and also to those who have been injured and rendered destitute," Vatican News reported.


Notre Dame fire: Pope joins Paris in sorrow

"Following the fire that ravaged a large part of Notre Dame Cathedral, I join you in your sorrow, as well as that of the faithful of your diocese, the inhabitants of Paris, and all the French people." Pope Francis sent those words of solidarity to Archbishop Michel Aupetit of Paris on April 16.

He assured all the people of France of his spiritual closeness and prayers during Holy Week, as the Church recalls Jesus' Passion, death and Resurrection.


Vatican to hold International Youth Forum in June

The Youth Office of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life will hold the International Youth Forum in Rome as a part of the implementation phase of the recent General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Youth.

The June 19-22 meeting "is a follow up of the Synod on Youth to see and know what different countries have done in the last six months. Three persons from India are going to attend it, and I am one of them," Percival Holt, National Youth President of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement under the Conference of Catholic Bishops of India, told Matters India.

Asked on the significance of the forthcoming meeting, Holt said, "It is important to see and know if such an important Synod is being taken seriously by Bishops' conferences around the world and international lay associations, considering the amount of efforts, money and time put into the Synod."