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.
LA archdiocese pays $8 million to single abuse victim (NPR) The Los Angeles archdiocese has agreed to a record $8 million payment to settle a lawsuit brought by a woman who was sexually abused as a teenager by a high-school athletic director. The archdiocese—which has now paid out nearly $750 million in abuse settlements—was sued because the parochial school had received multiple earlier complaints about the athletic director, who is now serving a prison term.
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!”
British priest arrested in arms fair protest (ICN) Father Martin Newell’s superior in the Passionist Order said, “We offer our support to Martin in his act of conscience and witness. As Catholics, Christians and Passionists, we are called to solidarity with all those who are suffering, all victims of violence and injustice. His willingness to suffer by going to prison for his commitment is a sign of hope and inspiration for us.”