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Political style question for tense times: What do you call people killed in church on Easter?

I have been covering the religion beat, to one degree or another, for 40 years and I have never heard “Easter worshippers” used as a replacement for the word “Christians.” Is this a reference to people who worship ON Easter or, well, people who worship Easter? As an Eastern Orthodox Christian, I am well aware that Christians around the world — due to the much-covered clash between the Gregorian calendar and the older Julian calendar — usually celebrate Christianity’s most important holy day at different times...

3 reasons why the Notre Dame blaze broke so many hearts...

The burning of Notre Dame in Paris last week struck us all very deeply, more deeply, I think, than most of us imagine. Even the most secular in France were struck and saddened. Why is this? Simply put, Notre Dame is far more than a building. What follows are three short reflections on the deeper meanings of the burning of Notre Dame...

The death of Father James Schall — a philosopher who dared...

Jesuit Father James Vincent Schall, distinguished political philosopher and author of 30 books, passed away April 17, 2019, at the age of 91. The virtues that Etienne Gilson ascribed to Saint Thomas Aquinas—intellectual modesty and intellectual audacity, each to a high degree—were evident in this gentleman scholar. “No evil can happen to a good man...

Fearful yet overjoyed: The journey to Resurrection faith...

The Gospels of the Easter Octave describe not just an event but even more so a journey. It is tempting to think that the disciples and apostles, having seen the risen Lord, were immediately confirmed in their faith, stripped of all doubt. That is not the case, however. Nearly all the resurrection accounts make it clear that although seeing the risen Lord was “mind-blowing...

Easter brings a ‘new world,’ Pope Francis says in Urbi et Orbi...

Christ’s resurrection ushers in a new world – one of peace, love, and fraternity, Pope Francis said on Easter Sunday, as he prayed for the many people who are suffering throughout the world. “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...

How to understand the readings for Easter Day...

The Mass of Easter Day is one of the most joyful in the Church calendar, as the Church basks in the afterglow of the most remarkable intervention of God into human history, the resurrection of his own son. The First Reading from Acts is a beautiful summary of the Gospel message and the faith of the early Church. In this synopsis of Peter’s preaching...

“In my life, where am I going? What is the stone I need to remove?”...

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. The journey of those women is also our own journey; it resembles the journey of salvation that we have made this evening. At times, it seems that everything comes up against a stone: the beauty of creation against the tragedy of sin; liberation from slavery against infidelity to the covenant; the promises of the prophets against the listless indifference of the people...

“Three days and three nights?”...

In Matthew 12:40, Jesus says: Just as Jonah was in the belly of the whale three days and three nights, so will the Son of Man be in the heart of the earth three days and three nights. This has widely—and correctly—been understood as a reference to the period he spent in the tomb, between the Crucifixion and the Resurrection...

Where, O death, is your victory?

For those of you who mourn the death of a loved one, this is the day when we joyfully (yet often with tears in our eyes) anticipate our eventual reunion in heaven. May the powerful hope of seeing our dear ones again, that is made possible by our Lord’s victorious Resurrection, be with you this Easter season and always. Oh, what a glorious day...

Here’s what to know about the Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka...

Scores of people have been killed and hundreds wounded in a series of blasts that rocked Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday. Explosions have occurred in the capital Colombo, as well as in a town north of the capital and a town on the east coast. Churches, hotels, and a housing development were targeted. Nobody has claimed responsibility so far...