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Beginning Triduum, Francis tells priests: God is mercy, not 'complicated theology' - National Catholic Reporter

Vatican City — Pope Francis began the global Catholic church's celebration of the days leading to Easter with a call Thursday for people to “break out of our set ways” to be more merciful towards others and telling priests they have sometimes become ...and more »

The Catholic Church puts one foot forward on the path to including women - Washington Post

In her 50th Easter season as a nun, Sister Antonia Sanchez participated in something new. For the past 49 years, since she joined the order of Religious Mary Immaculate at age 16, Sanchez has watched priests wash the feet of men on Holy Thursday.and more »

Pope Francis denounces modern-day 'Judases' behind terror attacks - National Catholic Reporter

Vatican City — As the death toll from the Brussels terror attacks rose on March 24, Pope Francis began three days of solemn observances leading to Easter Sunday by denouncing those who fuel terrorism the way some once backed Judas against Jesus.and more »

This 5-year-old girl will lose her vision to a genetic disease. Her parents want her to see the world first. - Washington Post

Elizabeth Myers has seen a lot in her five years: Christmas lights. Disney World. Seven shooting stars. Next week, she will get to see another awe-inspiring sight: the person she calls “the tall man with gray hair with the big white hat.” Lizzy will ...and more »

Pope Francis Follows Easter Traditions While Changing Some Of Them - NPR

As Catholics and other Christians mark Good Friday, Pope Francis has presided over a procession at the Colosseum in Rome, recreating Jesus' suffering before the crucifixion. He also took part in Good Friday services that you can see here, including a ...and more »

Pope among those offering prayers for victims of Brussels bombings - The Tablet

The international community publicly expressed their sorrow at today's events. The hashtag #PrayForBelgium is trending on Twitter as people around the world share their condolences with the victims of the Brussels airport and underground station bombings.and more »

Pope washes feet of Muslim migrants, says 'We are brothers' - OCRegister

CASTELNUOVO DI PORTO, Italy – Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Orthodox, Hindu and Catholic refugees Thursday, declaring them children of the same God, in a gesture of welcome and brotherhood at a time when anti-Muslim and ...and more »

Pope washes feet of Muslim migrants, says 'We are - The Korea Times US

CASTELNUOVO DI PORTO, Italy (AP) — Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of Muslim, Christian and Hindu refugees Thursday and declared them all children of the same God, as he performed a gesture of welcome and brotherhood at a time of ...and more »

Pope Francis washes the feet of Muslim migrants, says we are 'children of the same God' - Washington Post

They came from Mali, Eritrea, Syria and Pakistan. They were Muslim, Hindu, Catholic and Coptic Christians. And one by one, Pope Francis knelt down before these migrants on Holy Thursday and washed their feet. The ritual, performed in a center for ...and more »

Pope Francis calls on priests to stand with 'poor, outcast, and oppressed' - Crux: Covering all things Catholic

ROME - Pope Francis called on priests around the world to defend “the poor, the outcast, and the oppressed” on Thursday, a day marked on the Catholic calendar as a commemoration of the founding of the priesthood by Jesus Christ. “As priests, we ...and more »