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During the "mother of all vigils", Francis says that Easter is "the feast of tombstones taken away, rocks rolled aside. God takes away even the hardest stones against which our hopes and expectations crash: death, sin, fear, worldliness."

| 21/04/2019
| VATICAN

In his Urbi et Orbi message, Francis cited conflicts and tensions in the world, from the Middle East and Africa to the Americas. "Christ is alive and he remains with us. Risen, he shows us the light of his face, and he does not abandon all those experiencing hardship, pain and sorrow."

| 21/04/2019
| VATICAN

Six blasts hit three churches and three grand hotels in Colombo. The churches are Zion Church in Batticaloa, St Anthony's Church in Kochchikade and St Sebastian inNegombo. Card Malcom Ranjith calls for blood donations and doctors to return to work in hospitals.

| 21/04/2019
| SRI LANKA

Francis expressed his closeness to the people and all the victims of the attacks.

| 21/04/2019
| VATICAN - SRI LANKA

The "new crosses of today" at the center of the meditations, first of all migrants and exploited women and children.  Francis prays for "the people who do not have the comfort of faith", "the consecrated who, along the way, have forgotten their first love", "the Church, your bride, who feels continually assailed from within and  from without. "

 

| 19/04/2019
| VATICAN

The MPs voted against Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.  They exert a "negative" influence on young people and have no educational value.  The revolt of young people and Internet users was immediate.  Radical Shiite leader Al-Sadr is one of the supporters of the controversial law: they are creating addiction.

 

| 19/04/2019
| IRAQ

For the first time in 30 years, the Christian holiday returns to the civil calendar.  On April 21st all schools in the country will remain closed.  The initiative is due to the first Catholic woman parliamentarian, Gloria Jharna Sarker.

| 19/04/2019
| BANGLADESH
by Mathias Hariyadi

Bishop Rubiyatmoko: "Our vocation comes from Jesus, it is on Him that our lives should be centered".  In Jakarta, Msgr.  Suharyo explained to hundreds of priests gathered in the cathedral the importance of pursuing a blessed life.  Even at Pontianak, the Chrism Mass ended a two-day meeting.

| 19/04/2019
| INDONESIA

Fr.  Vineeth George, 38, is from the Claretian Congregation.  With a brilliant career already started, he abandoned everything and chose the priesthood to serve the least.  He was involved in the education of tribal children.

 

| 19/04/2019
| INDIA
by Willy Wo-Lap Lam

This includes officials born in the 1970s.  One of them will be responsible for taking over the reigns from  Xi Jinping.  The leader can remain party secretary until 2032 and president until 2033. Ten officials seem to have an advantage in running for top party positions.  Xi's first requirement for future leaders is "political morality".

 

| 19/04/2019
| CHINA
by Bernardo Cervellera

Long queues of different ethnic groups flock to the Eucharist.  The Mass in Coena Domini attended by 5 thousand people.  Mass has not been celebrated in Yemen for three years due to a lack of priests.  The communion distributed by the priests and 40 extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist.

 

| 19/04/2019
| EMIRATES

Francis celebrated the ‘in coena Domini’ Mass in a prison in Velletri washing the feet of 12 inmates. "It is true that in life there are problems: we quarrel among ourselves . . . but this must be a thing that passes, a passing thing, because in our hearts there must always be the love to serve others, of being in the service of others."

| 18/04/2019
| VATICAN

Fr Paul talks about the many families from North America and Europe who have come back for Holy Week. Heavy rains are hindering the celebrations, but the desire to participate is very strong. A father brought his daughter from Canada to Mart (Saint) Barbara shrine in Karamles to baptise her. “We must stop looking back and think about the past, about the Islamic State,” says the clergyman. “We must build a future here, in this land, and help those who have left to come back.”

| 18/04/2019
| IRAQ
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Christ is alive! He is our hope,

and in a wonderful way he brings youth to our world,

and everything he touches becomes young,

new, full of life.

 

Pope Francis

 

 

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