Pope exchanges greetings with the Chief Rabbi of Rome (Vatican News) Pope Francis wished Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni a joyous Passover: “May the God of mercy accompany you with his blessing and grant you peace and harmony.” The Chief Rabbi, in turn, offered “cordial wishes for [Easter] joy, serenity and health, for consolidation and beneficial relations of friendship and collaboration. May your prayers for good be heard.”
Venezuelans return to religion (Washington Post) “Buffeted by political and humanitarian crises, one of Latin America’s least religious countries is turning to faith,” according to the report. One parish priest in the nation’s capital said, “All my Masses are full, which has never happened before.”
US envoy: no change on religious liberty since Vatican-Beijing deal (Crux) Ambassador Sam Brownback, the US ambassador at large for religious liberty, told the Crux news site that he has not seen changes in China since the regime struck a secret agreement with the Vatican. Brownback remarked that “no one knows what’s in the deal except the Vatican and the Chinese government.”
Leading EU prelate reflects on European elections (La Civiltà Cattolica) In this wide-ranging article, Archbishop Jean-Claude Hollerich, SJ, of Luxembourg, the president of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the EU, recalls the process of European integration and reflects on fears, order, migrations, identity, populism, democracy, societies, and the environment.
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...”