Leading EU prelate reflects on European elections (La Civiltà Cattolica) In this wide-ranging article, Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich, SJ, of Luxembourg, the president of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU, recalls the process of European integration and reflects on fears, order, migrations, identity, populism, democracy, societies, and the environment.
Venezuelans return to religion (Washington Post) “Buffeted by political and humanitarian crises, one of Latin America’s least religious countries is turning to faith,” according to the report. One parish priest in the nation’s capital said, “All my Masses are full, which has never happened before.”
Tensions remain high in Sri Lanka (CNA) Christians in Sri Lanka remain tense in the aftermath of the Easter bombings. At one Catholic church, police specialists performed a “controlled explosion” of a suspicious package.
Pope Francis: Easter Vigil Mass homily (full text) (Vatican News) “The women bring spices to the tomb, but they fear that their journey is in vain, since a large stone bars the entrance to the sepulcher,” Pope Francis preached at the Easter Vigil Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica (video, booklet). “The journey of those women is also our own journey; it resembles the journey of salvation that we have made this evening...”
Dublin's archbishop sees Church 'imprisoned in its past' (Irish Times) Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin told an interviewer that the Church in Ireland is “imprisoned in its past,” living in “a culture that doesn’t respond any more to the realities.” The archbishop, who will be 75 next year, declined to speculate on whether his resignation would be accepted promptly, but noted that his predecessor, Cardinal Desmond Connell, had remained in office for three years after his 75th birthday, and “I think it wasn’t a good thing.”
Sri Lankan cardinal condemns bombings (Fides) Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo denounced “to the utmost of my capacity” the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka. The death toll is now approaching 200, with hundreds more seriously wounded by the blasts.
Pope washes inmates' feet at Holy Thursday Evening Mass (Vatican News) Pope Francis celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (video) at the prison in Velletri, a town on the outskirts of Rome. “This is Jesus’ rule and the rule of the Gospel: the rule of service, not of dominating, of harming, of humiliating others,” the Pope preached in his extemporaneous homily. “Service!”