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Pope Francis urges solidarity on Easter amid coronavirus pandemic

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called for solidarity the world over to confront the “epochal challenge” posed by the coronavirus pandemic, as Christians celebrated a solitary Easter Sunday, blending the joyful feast day with sorrow over the toll the virus has already taken.Families that normally would attend morning Mass wearing their Easter best and later join friends for celebratory lunches hunkered down at home. Police checkpoints in Europe and closed churches […]

Facebook post by Lancaster businessman leads to Easter miracle for hundreds hurt by coronavirus

Lancaster businessman and philanthropist Brad Hutchinson posted on Facebook Sunday that he wanted to help families with Easter baskets and dinner. Requests poured in. So with $11,000 of Hutchinson’s own money and $25,000 raised from the community in a couple of days, more than 700 Easter baskets are being delivered along with meals to feed about 1,600 people.

Looper column: Oddest things Jesus ever said: The top four

I’ve been thinking about the oddest things Jesus ever said, the ones his first hearers thought crazy. One could make a case for quite a few of them: “If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away” or “Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.” There are many others but let me give you my top four.Number four on the list: “My flesh is real food, my blood is real drink.” […]

Ask Pastor Adrienne column: Jesus volunteered

Dear Pastor,The Bible says that Jesus laid down his own life. Isn’t that like suicide?A: I understand why you would think that way. The subject of Christ’s voluntary demise is not discussed enough, in my view. We professional churchgoers like to focus on the glorious morning of Christ’s resurrection and well we should! Yet, we must also take-in how he got there. Your question takes a hard look at what Jesus actually said as he faced what we now call “Good […]

Standring column: Overcoming busyness, guilt and helplessness

Columns share an author’s personal perspective.*****Are we defined by busyness? The pandemic forces a standstill, making us feel helpless. We Americans multitask: family, career, volunteerism; just cross the next thing off on the to-do list. It’s not in our cultural DNA to navel gaze. Yet time and separation gives unexpected permission to ask scary questions: What makes me happy? Who do I need most? What will I do with all this time?”The answers differ with […]

Pope Francis celebrates Palm Sunday in nearly empty St. Peter's

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis celebrated Palm Sunday Mass without the public because of the coronavirus pandemic, which he said should focus people’s attention on what’s most important, despite heavy hearts — using one’s life to serve others.Looking pensive and sounding subdued, Francis led the first of several solemn Holy Week ceremonies that will shut out rank-and-file faithful from attending, as Italy’s rigid lockdown measures forbid public gatherings. […]

Looper column: The stubbornly silent future: Learning to trust

Our governor’s “shelter in place” order has changed the way we live. Rather than meeting people at church or in the coffee shop, I’ve been meeting people on Zoom. Pastoral visitation has not happened in people’s homes but on our phones. I and others have been calling our church family, checking on their health and seeing if they need groceries or meds. Many of these members are older and, to a person, they are doing remarkably well. They are a resilient bunch. […]