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Pope Francis offers Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square April 21, 2019.

Amid coronavirus pandemic, pope's Easter liturgies closed to public

Mar 14, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis’ liturgies for Holy Week and Easter, which usually include the presence of thousands... Read more

Sri Lankan soldiers stand guard outside St. Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo, April 29, 2019.

New safety measures in place after Sri Lanka bombings

Apr 29, 2019

One week after the Sri Lanka Easter bombings, authorities continue to seek those responsible for the violence, while enacting new... Read more

Quasimodo Sunday: How the Hunchback got his name

Apr 28, 2019

As fire ravaged the roof of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris earlier this month, one artist from Ecuador used her... Read more

Lent is over. Now what?

Apr 26, 2019

By Matt Hadro

Chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps have graced the shelves of U.S. stores for weeks in anticipation of Easter, but now... Read more

Catholic church vandalized in Northern Ireland

Apr 23, 2019

A Catholic church in Northern Ireland was desecrated with paint in the early hours of Easter Sunday morning, receiving disapproval... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square March 14, 2018.

Pope Francis: The resurrection is the most shocking event in human history

Apr 22, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Monday that the resurrection of Christ is the most shocking event in human history.  Read more

Sri Lankan hospital workers transport a body to a hospital morgue after several bomb blasts on Easter Sunday.

Sri Lanka Easter attacks draw international condemnation, prayer for victims

Apr 21, 2019

Religious and civil leaders have responded with condolences, prayer, and calls for justice after several explosions at churches and hotels... Read more

Pope Francis gives his apostolic blessing on Easter Sunday April 21, 2019.

Easter brings a 'new world,' Pope Francis says in Urbi et Orbi

Apr 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Christ’s resurrection ushers in a new world – one of peace, love, and fraternity, Pope Francis said on Easter Sunday,... Read more

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Commentary: What he's done for us at Easter

Apr 19, 2019

By JD Flynn

Easter tells us that we become saints through the work that he, and his grace, do in us, and through... Read more

Pope Francis prostrates himself before the altar of St. Peter's Basilica at the opening of the Good Friday liturgy, March 25, 2016.

Before Easter comes the 'Triduum' - What's that? A CNA Explainer

Apr 17, 2019

By JD Flynn

Got Triduum questions? CNA has you covered: Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his April 4, 2018 general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope Francis: We should leave every Mass better than we entered

Apr 4, 2018

By Elise Harris

On Wednesday Pope Francis said the Eucharist is key to living an authentic Christian witness, and that those who leave... Read more

David Bereit, founder of 40 Days for Life, enters the Catholic Church on Easter.

Founder of 40 Days for Life enters Catholic Church on Easter

Apr 3, 2018

David Bereit, the founder of 40 Days for Life, entered the Catholic Church on Easter, giving thanks for the inspiration... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square March 14, 2018.

Celebrate Christ's resurrection with community, Pope says Easter Monday

Apr 2, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Easter Monday, Pope Francis encouraged Christians to celebrate Easter with their community of family and friends, taking time to... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Urbi et Orbi blessing on Easter morning April 1, 2018.

Death doesn't have the final word, Pope Francis says on Easter

Apr 1, 2018

By Elise Harris

During his Urbi et Orbi Easter blessing, Pope Francis said Jesus' death and resurrection provide hope to a world marred... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square April 1, 2018.

On Easter, Pope asks: How will you respond to the resurrection?

Apr 1, 2018

By Elise Harris

On Easter morning Pope Francis said God's announcement to his people always comes as a surprise, like the shock of... Read more

For Christians in Syria, Holy Week is a time for renewing faith

Mar 30, 2018

Christians in Syria have suffered greatly in recent years. Between the Syrian civil war and ISIS occupation, many have lost... Read more

Bishop James Wall greets young parishioners in the Diocese of Gallup. Courtesy photo

How a Church on the 'peripheries' celebrates Easter

Mar 29, 2018

By Perry West

As the Catholic Church prepares to receive thousands of Catholic converts this Easter, Sacred Heart Cathedral in Gallup, N.M., is... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims during his April 19, 2017, general audience in St. Peter's Square.

Pope: Easter is about the gift of Christianity – not us

Apr 19, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

As the Church jumps into the Easter season, Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a reflection on Christ’s Resurrection and the... Read more

Resurrection art inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcre, Old City of Jerusalem.

US bishops: This Easter season, let yourself be filled with joy

Apr 17, 2017

Easter is a joyous reminder that Jesus’ Resurrection overcomes fear and doubt, the U.S. bishops said in their 2017 Easter... Read more

Pope Francis waves to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Easter Sunday April 16, 2017.

Be men and women of life, Pope Francis says Easter Monday

Apr 17, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Easter Monday, Pope Francis stressed that Christ’s resurrection calls each of us to bring the message of Easter –... Read more