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...”
Pope washes inmates' feet at Holy Thursday Evening Mass (Vatican News) Pope Francis celebrate the Mass of the Lord’s Supper (video) at the prison in Velletri, a town on the outskirts of Rome. “This is Jesus’ rule and the rule of the Gospel: the rule of service, not of dominating, of harming, of humiliating others,” the Pope preached in his extemporaneous homily. “Service!”
Notre-Dame fire: Temporary wooden cathedral proposed (BBC) “We mustn’t say the cathedral is closed for five years, and that’s it,” said Msgr. Patrick Chauvet, the cathedral’s rector, who proposed that a “beautiful, symbolic and attractive” temporary cathedral be built in the cathedral square.
At Chrism Mass, Pope warns priests against clericalism (Vatican News) In his homily at the Chrism Mass, which he celebrated in St. Peter’s basilica (video, booklet), Pope Francis encouraged priests to serve their people, saying that “we must not forget that our evangelical models are those people, the ‘crowd’ with its real faces.” He reminded the priests of Rome that the apostles had often sought to keep “the crowds” away from Jesus, and remarked: “Here, I believe, was the beginning of clericalism.”
Police official: Short-circuit likely caused Notre-Dame fire (AP) “We’ve seen before our eyes the right things perfectly organized in a few moments, with responsibility, courage, solidarity and a meticulous organization,” President Emmanuel Macron said at an April 18 ceremony honoring firefighters. “The worst has been avoided.”
Officials race to strengthen damaged Notre-Dame Cathedral (Wall Street Journal) “Workers overnight shored up the apex of the north-facing facade, which sits above one of the cathedral’s famed rose windows,” the Journal reported. “Workers also were building a scaffolding to reach a statue of an angel mounted on the apex between Notre-Dame’s two towers. The fire damaged the stone of the angel, which has been threatening to bring down the apex.”
Australian bishops issue election statement (Australian Catholic Bishops Conference) The Australian federal election takes place on May 18. “No political party fully aligns with Catholic teaching,” the bishops said in their statement, entitled “Politics in Service of Peace,” “but we can point to clear and enduring principles which can help us make the kind of responsible judgements that allow us to be both faithfully Catholic and authentically Australian.”
President Trump calls Pope Francis (@realDonaldTrump) President Trump tweeted, “Just had a wonderful conversation with @Pontifex Francis offering condolences from the People of the United States for the horrible and destructive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. I offered the help of our great experts on renovation and construction as I did.” The Holy See Press Office’s interim director also tweeted, “The Holy Father received a telephone call this afternoon from the President of the United States, Donald Trump, who, regarding the devastation of Notre-Dame Cathedral, expressed to the Pope his closeness, in the name of the American people.”