In his passion, Jesus reveals the God of mercy, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Just as the crowds and government officials tried to dodge responsibility for Jesus’ fate after he was arrested, so today too many individuals and countries want someone else to care for refugees fleeing violence and migrants seeking a better life, Pope Francis said. Preaching about the story of Jesus’ passion and…

Share Easter joy, defend persecuted Christians, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians live the joy of the Resurrection when they share a smile with someone, weep with those who mourn and defend the rights of those persecuted for their faith, Pope Francis said. Reciting the “Regina Coeli” prayer with thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square April 6, the pope demanded…