ROME: Pope Francis laments the "cowardly and senseless" killings of at least 70 people, mostly Christians, celebrating the Easter holiday in a public park in Pakistan on Sunday.
As the death toll from the Brussels terror attacks rose, Pope Francis began solemn observances by denouncing those who fuel terrorism the way some once backed Judas against Jesus.
Pope Francis began the celebration of the days leading to Easter by telling priests they have sometimes become blind to God’s will “because of an excess of complicated theology.”
Pope Francis is expected to meet a young girl from Ohio who dreams of seeing the pontiff in person before she loses her eyesight, according to UNITALSI.
The pope said Jesus experienced indifference as the crowds who had hailed his entry into Jerusalem, Herod, Pilate and even his own disciples washed their hands of him.
Underscoring the importance of caring for creation, the Vatican will replant the thousands of floral arrangements used in the Easter morning Mass.
In reality, Pope Francis' current ambassador, or nuncio, to the U.S., Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, is still in his job, though that could change at any minute.