Easter 2024

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The Greek Orthodox Patriarch Theophilos III exits the Aedicule of the Holy Sepulcher on May 4, 2024, in Jerusalem, showing the faithful the two candles just lit from the oil lamp that is believed to have been miraculously ignited inside Jesus' tomb.

‘Holy Fire’ ceremony at Jesus’ tomb marks beginning of Orthodox Easter celebrations

May 5, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

Though its authenticity is disputed, the “Holy Fire” refers to a flame of purported divine origin that ignites inside Jesus’... Read more

A young woman is baptized at the 2024 Easter Vigil at St. Mary’s Catholic Center at Texas A&M.

Eucharist, unity, clarity: What attracts converts to the Catholic Church?

Apr 24, 2024

By Matt McDonald

Several U.S. dioceses reported 30%, 40%, 50%, and even more than 70% more adult converts who entered the Catholic Church... Read more

Bree Solstad, a young woman who previously produced and acted in the pornography industry, is among the adult converts who entered the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil this year on March 30, 2024.

Former porn actress embraces Catholic faith after trip to Italy that changed her life

Bree Solstad, who previously produced and acted in the pornography industry, is among the adult converts who entered the Catholic... Read more

Bishop Gerald Mamman Musa of Nigeria’s Catholic Diocese of Katsina.

More than 700 baptized on Easter in Nigeria despite rise in attacks on Christians

Apr 9, 2024

By Abah Anthony John

More than 700 Christians were baptized on Easter Sunday in Nigeria’s Diocese of Katsina, where there is a rise in... Read more

Father Javier Sánchez, 60, from the Archdiocese of Zaragoza in Spain died April 4, 2024, a victim of burns suffered when his liturgical vestments caught fire from a candle during the Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 30.

‘Rocker’ Spanish priest dies from burns suffered during lighting of Easter fire

Apr 4, 2024

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

According to the Spanish newspaper El Heraldo de Aragón, sources from the archdiocese said Father Javier Sánchez “tried to protect... Read more

Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov's Appearance of Christ to Mary Magdalene (1835).

Here’s when Easter officially ends

Apr 4, 2024

By Katie Yoder

Easter lasts for a total of 50 days, from Easter Sunday until the feast of Pentecost. Read more

Psychologist and author Dr. Jordan Peterson speaks to EWTN News In Depth's Colm Flynn as Peterson's wife, Tammy, joins the Catholic Church.

As wife joins the Catholic Church, Jordan Peterson says Easter is ‘the core story of humanity’

Apr 1, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

When asked what the cross meant to him, Peterson said “it’s the point where everything comes together.” Read more

Pope Francis delivers the Regina Caeli address on Monday, Apr. 1, 2024

Pope Francis: The resurrection of Jesus changes our lives completely and forever

Apr 1, 2024

By Courtney Mares

“Brothers, sisters, the joy of the Resurrection is not something far away. It is very close; it is ours because... Read more

Christ's Appearance to Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection.

Why the Catholic Church celebrates Easter Monday under the title ‘Monday of the Angel’

Apr 1, 2024

By ACI Prensa

In many countries in Europe and South America, this day, also known as “Little Easter,” is a national holiday. Read more

With the incense burned from the newly blessed fire, Cardinal Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the Latin patriarch of Jerusalem, incenses the "Stone of Anointing," located at the entrance of the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, where, according to tradition, the body of Jesus was anointed and prepared with aromatic oils for burial. March 30, 2024.

‘The mother of all holy vigils’: Jerusalem basilica is first place to announce Easter

Mar 31, 2024

By Marinella Bandini

In the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, the church of the Lord’s resurrection, the Easter Vigil is held on Saturday... Read more

Pope Francis gives his urbi et orbi Easter blessing from the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica on March 31, 2024.

Full text of Pope Francis’ urbi et orbi blessing for Easter 2024

Mar 31, 2024

By Pope Francis

Here is the full text of the pope’s urbi et orbi message and blessing from the central loggia of St.... Read more

Pope Francis gives his urbi et orbi message and blessing from the central loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica on March 31, 2024.

Pope Francis on Easter: May the risen Christ open a path of peace in the Holy Land

Mar 31, 2024

By Courtney Mares

In his Easter Sunday blessing, Pope Francis asked the risen Lord to open paths of peace in the Holy Land,... Read more

Pope Francis presides over Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square on March 31, 2024.

Pope Francis celebrates Easter 2024: ‘Jesus Christ is risen’

Mar 31, 2024

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis presided over Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Easter Sunday 2024 before giving the traditional urbi et orbi... Read more


How to revive the celebration of Eastertide

Mar 31, 2024

By Joseph Pronechen

The 50-day Eastertide, running to Pentecost, is the longest season on the Church calendar. Read more

Pope Francis presides at the Vatican's Easter Vigil, Saturday, March 30, 2024

Pope Francis at Easter Vigil: Christ ‘is the one who brings us from darkness into light’

Mar 30, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

“This is the Pasch of Christ, the revelation of God’s power: the victory of life over death, the triumph of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the Vatican's Easter Vigil, March 30, 2024

Full Text: Pope Francis’ homily for Easter Vigil 2024 at the Vatican

Mar 30, 2024

By Pope Francis

The Holy Father delivered the homily late in the evening at the vigil in St. Peter's Basilica. Read more

A stripped altar on Holy Thursday 2015 at Mater Dei Parish in Irving, Texas.

What is the ‘sacred triduum’? A CNA explainer

Mar 28, 2024

By JD Flynn

At the end of Lent, right before Easter, the Catholic Church observes the “sacred triduum.” What is it? Read more