Posts Tagged ‘Easter’

About 35,000 were expected for the annual Easter Egg Roll on the White House lawn

Need for a more balanced view of the church: Primate of the Anglican Church Dr Phillip Aspinall.

Need for a more balanced view of the church: Primate of the Anglican Church Dr Phillip Aspinall. 

Churches aren’t perfect and any suggestion they are is a ”poisonous lie”, a senior religious leader says.

The Anglican Primate, Archbishop Phillip Aspinall, made the admission during his Easter Sunday address, when he lamented the way the church was often viewed as a caricature of itself or for its failures.

Dr Aspinall told the congregation at St John’s Cathedral in Brisbane there needed to be a more balanced view of the church, with a particular focus on the good it did in the community. (more…)

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan greeted a crowd outside St. Patrick's Cathedral on Easter Sunday in New York.

Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan greeted a crowd outside St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Easter Sunday in New York.

Weeks after returning from Vatican City, where he helped elect a new pope for a worldwide church that is struggling with declining numbers and controversy over social issues, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said on two morning talk shows on Easter Sunday that the Roman Catholic Church could be more welcoming of gays and lesbians despite its opposition to same-sex marriage.

In prerecorded interviews with George Stephanopoulos on the ABC News program “This Week” and Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation” on CBS, Cardinal Dolan, the archbishop of New York and one of the leading voices of the Catholic Church in the United States, did not suggest any changes in church teaching. He defined marriage as “one man, one woman, forever, to bring about new life,” but, he told Mr. Stephanopoulos, “we’ve got to do better to see that our defense of marriage is not reduced to an attack on gay people.” (more…)

March 31, 2013: Pope Francis, holding the pastoral staff, celebrates the Easter mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. (AP)

March 31, 2013: Pope Francis, holding the pastoral staff, celebrates the Easter mass in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (AP)

Pope Francis celebrated his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in St. Peter’s Square, packed by joyous pilgrims, tourists and Romans and bedecked by spring flowers.

Wearing cream-colored vestments, Francis strode onto the esplanade in front of St. Peter’s Basilica and took his place at an altar set up under a white canopy.

Faithful had already filled the square hours before the Mass began in mid-morning, and throughout the service streams of people kept flocking there for his speech and blessing, traditionally delivered after the Mass from the central balcony of the basilica.

By mid-ceremony, some 250,000 people had turned out, the Vatican said. (more…)

Message of hope: Sydney's Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence.

Message of hope: Sydney’s Rabbi Jeremy Lawrence.

As Christian priests deliver their Easter messages to their congregations this weekend, religious and community leaders of other faiths have been taking the opportunity to deliver messages of their own.

In 2013, interfaith activities have been focusing on talking about the similarities, rather than the differences, in some of the world’s major religions, and the need to respect each other even if there are fundamentally different viewpoints.

Catholics from the Archdiocese of Sydney joined Muslims, Greek Orthodox, Buddhists and Sikhs at a Passover dinner organised by the Jewish Board of Deputies outreach program at the University of NSW to promote better understanding about the Jewish festival. (more…)