Urbi et Orbi Section: The Liturgical Year

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Why is the Great Pascha on a Different Date than Easter? This year the Orthodox Church celebrated the Great Pascha, their Easter, on May 1, several weeks after the rest of the Christian world celebrated Easter. This feast is preceded by a Holy Week similar to the Catholic one, and has the same meaning and […]

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Letter #39, 2016: Orthodox Good Friday

April 29, 2016, Friday — Toward the Orthodox Easter In the Orthodox Church, Today Is Good Friday, and Sunday Will Be Easter Sunday In the West, we sometimes forget that the Orthodox world still celebrates Holy Week according to the old calendar. And, according to the old calendar, today is Good Friday, and Easter will […]

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Pope’s Regina Caeli Address on Easter Monday

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‘If Christ is resurrected, we can look with new eyes and a new heart at every event of our life, including the most negative. The moments of darkness, of failure and also of sin can be transformed and proclaim a new way.’ In this Monday after Easter, known as “Monday of the Angel,” our hearts […]

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Stop the hands of the violent

-S. S. Francesco  - Benedizione "Urbi et Orbi" 
 27-03-2016

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During Easter celebrations the Pope remembers the many victims of violence around the world and cries out against attack on Christian in Pakistan “Stop the hands of the violent, who spread terror and death; and may for love, justice and reconciliation to reign in the world”. The Pope prayed for peace at the Regina Caeli […]

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Easter Triduum Gives Certainty We’ll Never Be Abandoned

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Francis Says Our Jesus Says to Each One of Us: ‘If I Could Suffer More for You, I Would Do So’ We can be certain that in life’s trials, we will never be abandoned. The Holy Father stressed this during his weekly General Audience this morning in St. Peter’s Square, as he reflected on Holy […]

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On the Resurrection: “Do not tire of repeating: Christ is Risen!”

Dear brothers and sisters, good morning and again Happy Easter! On this Monday after Easter, the Gospel (cfr Mt. 28,8-15) presents to us the story of the women who went to the tomb of Jesus, they find it empty and see an Angel who announces to them that He is risen. And while they run […]

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