"... Pope Francis is calling for something far more radical than changing rigid laws into lax and liberal laws."
NCR Today: Easter killings in Pakistan; Mother Angelica dies; Iraqi Christians fear extinction; Spotify uses Pope Francis in ad campaign; Priest gambles away funds for refugees
NCR Today: The liturgy's words on these delicate but hard-working creatures engages the imagination and invites us to contemplate God's creation.
Eco Catholic: Archbishop Justin Welby said he is in conversation with other Christian leaders about establishing a fixed date for Easter -- very upsetting news.
Underscoring the importance of caring for creation, the Vatican will replant the thousands of floral arrangements used in the Easter morning Mass.
Pope Francis and the patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch expressed their desire to work toward full communion of the two churches.
The pope met with Patriarch Ignatius Aphrem II at the Vatican Friday. This was Aphrem's first official visit with Francis. The two church leaders spoke privately, after which each gave a public discourse.
Despite the extreme hardship of being exiled from their homes in Iraq, the Easter vigil was a day of great joy for the parents of eight babies who were baptized in Lebanon.
Carried by his grandmother, 40-day-old Nimar, was the first to arrive at St. Elias Melkite Catholic Church.
Settling into a pew, the grandmother told Catholic News Service that Nimar is the first of her 12 grandchildren to be baptized outside of the family's ancestral parish near Mosul, Iraq, an area overrun by Islamic State militants.
My Table is Spread: I've had enough of death. I want to spend this season with the opened tomb and Christ's breath-giving life.
Faith and Justice: I know I should get more out of Holy Week, but I find myself daydreaming during the services. My resolution this year? Go with the flow.
The readings have been long, but of course since this is the beginning of the most sacred and holy week of the year, it's important for us to spend just a few moments at least in reflecting on the deep message that God is proclaiming to us through these readings, through the events that are described. And perhaps we can catch the deepest meaning of all of this if we listen very carefully again to the words of St. Paul addressed to the Christian community at Philippi.