Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Pope Francis

4/21/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Lord, we pray to you for all the peoples of the earth: you who have conquered death, grant us your life, grant us your peace!

The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.
That is why we tell everyone: "Come and see!" In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life's troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast. "Come and see!": Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.

The message flows from his entire pontificate of loving service.True and lasting peace comes through reconciliation and love. God is Love. He sent His Only Son to offer all of us the path to peace and the plan of loving salvation.

The message flows from his entire pontificate of loving service.True and lasting peace comes through reconciliation and love. God is Love. He sent His Only Son to offer all of us the path to peace and the plan of loving salvation.

Highlights

By Pope Francis

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

4/21/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Europe

Keywords: Easter, Urbi et Orbi, Resurrection, Pope Francis, Holy Father, Peace


VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - Dear Brothers and Sisters, a Happy and Holy Easter!

The Church throughout the world echoes the angel's message to the women: "Do not be afraid! I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised. Come, see the place where he lay" (Mt 28:5-6).

This is the culmination of the Gospel, it is the Good News par excellence: Jesus, who was crucified, is risen! This event is the basis of our faith and our hope. If Christ were not raised, Christianity would lose its very meaning; the whole mission of the Church would lose its impulse, for this is the point from which it first set out and continues to set out ever anew.

The message which Christians bring to the world is this: Jesus, Love incarnate, died on the cross for our sins, but God the Father raised him and made him the Lord of life and death. In Jesus, love has triumphed over hatred, mercy over sinfulness, goodness over evil, truth over falsehood, life over death.

That is why we tell everyone: "Come and see!" In every human situation, marked by frailty, sin and death, the Good News is no mere matter of words, but a testimony to unconditional and faithful love: it is about leaving ourselves behind and encountering others, being close to those crushed by life's troubles, sharing with the needy, standing at the side of the sick, elderly and the outcast. "Come and see!": Love is more powerful, love gives life, love makes hope blossom in the wilderness.

With this joyful certainty in our hearts, today we turn to you, risen Lord!

Help us to seek you and to find you, to realize that we have a Father and are not orphans; that we can love and adore you.

Help us to overcome the scourge of hunger, aggravated by conflicts and by the immense wastefulness for which we are often responsible.

Enable us to protect the vulnerable, especially children, women and the elderly, who are at times exploited and abandoned.

Enable us to care for our brothers and sisters struck by the Ebola epidemic in Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone and Liberia, and to care for those suffering from so many other diseases which are also spread through neglect and dire poverty.

Comfort all those who cannot celebrate this Easter with their loved ones because they have been unjustly torn from their affections, like the many persons, priests and laity, who in various parts of the world have been kidnapped.

Comfort those who have left their own lands to migrate to places offering hope for a better future and the possibility of living their lives in dignity and, not infrequently, of freely professing their faith.

We ask you, Lord Jesus, to put an end to all war and every conflict, whether great or small, ancient or recent.

We pray in a particular way for Syria, beloved Syria, that all those suffering the effects of the conflict can receive needed humanitarian aid and that neither side will again use deadly force, especially against the defenseless civil population, but instead boldly negotiate the peace long awaited and long overdue!

Jesus, Lord of glory, we ask you to comfort the victims of fratricidal acts of violence in Iraq and to sustain the hopes raised by the resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians.

We beg for an end to the conflicts in the Central African Republic and a halt to the brutal terrorist attacks in parts of Nigeria and the acts of violence in South Sudan.

We ask that hearts be turned to reconciliation and fraternal concord in Venezuela.

By your resurrection, which this year we celebrate together with the Churches that follow the Julian calendar, we ask you to enlighten and inspire the initiatives that promote peace in Ukraine so that all those involved, with the support of the international community, will make every effort to prevent violence and, in a spirit of unity and dialogue, chart a path for the country's future. On this day, may they be able to proclaim, as brothers and sisters, that Christ is risen, Khrystos voskres!

Lord, we pray to you for all the peoples of the earth: you who have conquered death, grant us your life, grant us your peace!

Dear brothers and sisters, Happy Easter!

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for June 2016
Universal:
Human Solidarity: That the aged, marginalized, and those who have no one may find-even within the huge cities of the world-opportunities for encounter and solidarity.
Evangelization: Seminarians and Novices: That seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.



Comments


More Europe

Archaeologists finish dig at Must Farm. Here's some of the incredible things they've discovered Watch

Image of A bronze sword with a wicked point reveals the local people were well equipped.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The excavation of a Bronze Age site in England is giving archaeologists a look into ancient Britain. The archaeologists are having the experience of a lifetime on the dig. The site is the richest, most complete Bronze Age site in England and possibly Europe. LOS ... continue reading


Pope Francis' special World Youth Day message (FULL TEXT) Watch

Image of [http://www.krakow2016.com]

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

As Pope Francis prepares for the 31st World Youth Day, he sent a special message out to the world's young people joining the spectacular event. This years WYD is being held in Krakow, Poland and the Holy Father will make an appearance as part of his 15th apostolic ... continue reading


One clue police missed could have stopped attack in Nice Watch

Image of The dead lined the streets all night in Nice following a deadly terror attack that claimed 84 lives.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

An ISIS fanatic has killed 84 people and injured at least 65 others, some critically during Bastille Day celebrations in Nice, France. The terrorists killed most of his victims by driving over them with a delivery truck. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - ... continue reading


'[M]any believers will find themselves in exile': Russia bans evangelism Watch

Image of St. Michael's Russian Catholic Church (stmichaelruscath.org).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The lion roars: who is not afraid? The Lord has spoken: who will not prophesy? - Amos 3:8 LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to The Moscow Times, the Federation Council (FC) approved a package of controversial anti-terrorism laws, among which "religious ... continue reading


READ ALL ABOUT IT: Michelle Obama's unfortunate faux pas during Spanish speech Watch

Image of Michelle Obama delivered ill-received message to Spain.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Michelle Obama delivered a speech in Spain to promote her "Let Girls Learn" initiative. Unfortunately for the First Lady, her pro-choice statements fell flat in the heavily Catholic country. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Mrs. Obama delivered a speech aimed at ... continue reading


Just like Hilter! Davos men want one European government NOW Watch

Image of Cameron couldn't keep Britain in the EU, but he could still see the dream of a unified Europe come true, whether you like it or not.

By David Drudge (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The Davos men are at it again, and they are wasting no time. No sooner than Britain voted to leave the European Union, the Davos men moved to protect their power. There is now a concerted effort to turn Europe into a single country. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) ... continue reading


ISIS spy finds Jesus Watch

Image of God accepts us all.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

"Our Lord is great, all-powerful, his wisdom beyond all telling." - Psalm 147:5 LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to CBN News, a miraculous encounter happened at Pastor Ghassan Thomas' church in Turkey, where he fled after Islamists threatened him and his ... continue reading


Brexit votes are in and David Cameron makes HUGE announcement Watch

Image of 51.9 percent of voters would rather see Britain leave the European Union (YouTube).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

On Thursday, the United Kingdom held a vote in a referendum on whether the country should leave the European Union. Shortly after the votes were tallied, Britain's Prime Minister, David Cameron, made a shocking announcement. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Britain ... continue reading


Christian refugees turned away from UK after failing ridiculous 'religion' quiz Watch

Image of UK tricks Christian asylum-seekers with ridiculous quiz (Warrick Page/New York Times).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

The United Kingdom has agreed to grant asylum to refugees fleeing religious persecution but ran into one little problem: How can they tell who is genuinely religious from those pretending to be? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Unfortunately, the UK decided the best ... continue reading


What is Brexit and should you care? Watch

Image of Will Britain leave the EU?

By Marshall Connolly, (Catholic Online)

What is Brexit and why should you care? Brexit has become one of the most searched for terms on Google, and for good reason. A referendum vote in England, scheduled to take place on Thursday has the power to transform Europe and impact the world economy. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


All Europe News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 7:1-11
1 The word that came to Jeremiah from Yahweh, saying,2 'Stand ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 84:3, 4, 5-6, 8, 11
3 Even the sparrow has found a home, the swallow a nest to place its ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:24-30
24 He put another parable before them, 'The kingdom of Heaven may be ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 23rd, 2016 Image

St. Bridget of Sweden
July 23: Saint Birgitta was the daughter of Uppland's ... Read More