Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem site of Jesus's resurrection

Calvin Saunders
April 18, 2017

Christians around the world celebrated Easter on Sunday, as Pope Francis and others expressed concern over embattled communities in the cradle of the faith following church bombings in Egypt and attacks on civilians in Syria's civil war.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko attends an Orthodox Easter service in St. Volodymyr Cathedral in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, April 15, 2017. It isn't just once a year that we celebrate Jesus' resurrection. He also said our lives have meaning, objective and beauty when they are united to His life.

Rev. Fr. Carolus and Thomas PJ, parish priests, accorded words of welcome to the bishop in their respective parishes.

This year Easter is celebrated on the same day by both Catholic and Easter Orthodox worshippers.

Irinej said in his Easter message that "with great sadness and pain in our hearts, we must note that today's world is not following the path of resurrection but the road of death and hopelessness".

Fr. D' Souza SJ, in his homily, said obedience to God is a blessing and disobedience to God will lead to disaster.

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"The significance of Easter is it reflects hope that there is life beyond this world".

Then he asked his followers who they thought he was and Peter spoke up and said, "You are the Christ, the son of the living God".

He said Jesus Christ, who was magnanimously selfless even to sacrifice his own life for the sake of fellow human beings, thus gave an example for humankind to understand that the divine love is eternal.

Reverend Edmunds expects to preach to 3,500 people in three services. "We must appreciate this and strive to rid the country of all social evils by propagating the message of peace", he emphasized.

Wajeeh Nusseibeh, 67, a member of one of the two Muslim families who traditionally hold the key and guard the church, said this year there seemed to be fewer people visiting than in the past.

Russian President Vladimir Putin extended congratulations on Sunday to Orthodox Christians and all Russian citizens on Easter.

Other reports by MaliBehiribAe

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