#ShortNews: Caritas devotes Easter message to migrants

“This Eastertime, we at Caritas would like to invite you to join us on a journey of faith, hope and love with migrants…

A small gesture like reaching out with your arms to somebody else means a lot as it touches different levels of human existence. This is the gesture we are encouraging people to do as part of Share the Journey.

I reach out and if a person feels alone and isolated, my reaching out is a gesture of solidarity. If I reach out and that person is wounded, it could be a sign of healing. If I reach out and the person is lost, it could mean an offer of guidance. If I reach out and the person feels like nobody cares, then it will be a sign of friendship. That small gesture means different things in different stages of people’s life journey.

Christ performed the ultimate gesture of reaching out to others on the cross. He opened his arms and emptied himself out to receive God’s will…”

Read the full version: http://www.caritasswaziland.org/2018/03/16/cardinal-tagle-invites-you-on-a-journey-of-faith-hope-and-love-with-migrants/

#ShortNews: Ukrainian Catholic bishops in US issue Easter pastoral letter

EASTER PASTORAL OF THE UKRAINIAN CATHOLIC HIERARCHY OF THE U.S.A. TO OUR CLERGY, HIEROMONKS AND BROTHERS, RELIGIOUS SISTERS, SEMINARIANS AND BELOVED FAITHFUL;

“Christ is Risen!”, “Indeed He is Risen!” greetings will be heard everywhere around the world. This is the best and perhaps most ignored message around the world. It was so when it was announced for the first time on Easter morning, and continues to be the case today too. Christ is Risen! Do you believe, doubt or dismiss it? Jesus’ own Apostles had a difficulty to accept the message, “when they saw Him, they worshipped, but they doubted” (Mt. 28:17). They saw Him, but still questioned the fact. How many times do we wonder and accept Jesus’ real presence in the Eucharist when we receive Him at the Divine Liturgy?

Read the full version: http://news.ugcc.ua/en/articles/easter_pastoral_of_the_ukrainian_catholic_hierarchy_of_the_usa_to_our_clergy_hieromonks_and_brothers_religious_sisters_seminarians_and_beloved_faithful_82248.html

#ShortNews: Pope to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass in Roman prison

Pope Francis once again will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper in a prison and will wash the feet of 12 inmates. Before Mass, the pope will visit sick inmates in the prison infirmary, the Vatican said. He will celebrate the Mass and wash the feet of 12 inmates in the prison’s central rotunda and, afterward, will meet some inmates in the prison’s Section VIII, a protected section of the prison for inmates convicted of sexual crimes and other inmates who could be in danger in the general population.

In 2013, for his first papal celebration of Holy Thursday, he went to Rome’s Casal del Marmo juvenile detention center, where he washed the feet of young male and female offenders. The next year, he presided over the Mass and foot-washing ritual at a rehabilitation facility for the elderly and people with disabilities on the outskirts of Rome. In 2015, he went to Rome’s main prison, Rebibbia, where he celebrated the Mass with the male prisoners there and women from a nearby women’s detention facility. In 2016, he celebrated with refugees at a center north of Rome. And, in 2017, he went to a prison in Paliano, some 45 miles from Rome.

Read More: http://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2018-03/pope-francis-holy-thursday-regina-coeli-prison.html