Pope Francis Pope Celebrates Joy of Easter Amid Sorrow of Virus Pandemic

first_imgCoronavirusInternationalLifestyleNews Pope Francis Pope Celebrates Joy of Easter Amid Sorrow of Virus Pandemic by: – April 12, 2020 29 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Share                                  Pope Francis (file photo)(AP News) Pope Francis and Christians around the world marked a solitary Easter Sunday, forced to celebrate the most joyful day in the liturgical calendar amid the sorrowful reminders of the devastation wrought by the coronavirus pandemic.Families who normally would attend morning Mass in their Easter best and later join friends for celebratory lunches hunkered down at home. Police checkpoints and closed churches around the globe forced the faithful to watch Easter services online or on TV.A few lucky Romans participated from their balconies overlooking Santa Emerenziana church in the northern Trieste neighborhood, where the priest celebrated a rooftop open-air Mass.At the Vatican, Francis processed into a largely empty St. Peter’s Basilica for Mass, celebrated before a handful of token faithful sitting one per pew and with the choir’s “Kyrie” hymn echoing off the bare marble floors.Normally, St. Peter’s Square would be awash in fresh flowers for Easter, with tulips and orchids decorating the piazza’s promenade in a riot of color to underscore Easter’s message of life and rebirth following Christ’s crucifixion.This year, however, the cobblestoned piazza was bare. Police barricades ringed the square, blocking the tens of thousands who would normally flock to hear the pope’s Mass and noontime “Urbi et Orbi” speech and blessing “to the city and the world.”Francis instead celebrated Mass inside the basilica, decorated with only a few potted palms and white hydrangeas. Rather than appearing on the basilica loggia to impart his blessing, Francis was to speak in front of the tomb of St. Peter, underscoring the solitude confronting all of humanity amid lockdown orders and quarantines to prevent further contagion.It was a scene repeated around the world, with churches either closed or, for the few still open for Mass, forcing the faithful to practice social distancing. In South Korea, where one outbreak was tied to a church sect, services were largely held online.A small number of masked faithful attended service at Seoul’s Yoido Full Gospel Church, one of the biggest churches in South Korea. They were seated notably apart from each other, and choir members sang hymns from behind masks.At Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified and entombed, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa urged the faithful to not be discouraged.“Despite the sign of death and fear that we are seeing everywhere all over the world, we have to look at the good all those that are giving their lives for the others,” he said.Only a handful of clergy were on hand for the Mass, and the streets of the Old City surrounding the church were empty of pilgrims and vendors.“The message of Easter is that life, despite all, will prevail,” said Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land.The Church of England shuttered its churches, prompting the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, to celebrate Easter Sunday service from his kitchen in London. The spiritual leader of 85 million Anglicans worldwide, Welby delivered his sermon in full robes behind a makeshift altar on his dining room table.“Welcome to the kitchen of our home on Easter Day,” he said. “Once this epidemic is conquered here and elsewhere, we cannot be content to go back to what was before as if all was normal.”In New Zealand, Catholic bishops wrote a special pastoral letter to worshipers stuck at home, acknowledging the stresses and uncertainties of this Easter like no other but urging the faithful to take comfort in time with family.“This time has proved to be a reflective time enabling us to refocus or revision ourselves and how we live,” the letter said.In Lebanon, home to the largest percentage of Christians in the Arab world, Cardinal Bechara Rai urged the faithful to abide by lockdown measures, which have been imposed as Lebanon endures its worst economic and financial crisis in decades.“We are praying so that Lebanese officials work together in the spirit of collaboration to revive Lebanon economically, financially and socially,” Rai said in an almost empty church in Bkerki, northeast of Beirut, the seat of the Maronite Church he heads.The church would normally be packed with people marking Easter, including the president, prime minister and parliament speaker.For Orthodox Christians, this Sunday marked the start of Holy Week, with Palm Sunday services held in similarly barren churches. Sharelast_img read more

Ex-Arsenal captain: Wenger better than Pep and Jose

first_img Loading… Wenger handed Fabregas his Premier League debut at just 16 years of age back in 2003. Speaking to Rio Ferdinand on YouTube, Fabregas explained: “I think Arsene Wenger is the best coach for young players, definitely. I cannot see anyone better than him, because he gives opportunities, he teaches you. “He teaches the young players how to behave and how to play the game. He has a certain ability of how to spend time with players and teach them exactly the way he wants his team to play.Advertisement “And I think in this way a lot of people talk, sometimes a young player doesn’t do well, especially now in football you don’t have patience, the press is on you, the fans are on you, they want to win. But he’s got that patience. You play one bad game, he will give you another opportunity. And another one after. “Obviously at the end you will need to take it, as a young player you need to be there to take it and grab it. But he never shakes under pressure in this case and that’s not easy and he has this ability and I love the way he understands football. read also:Wenger: I can never return to Arsenal “For me it’s probably the time where I felt most free to play football the way I want to express myself. Right, left, nobody needed to tell me what to do or how to play my game because he taught me and we had that trust with each other.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Everything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWorld-Ending Scenarios: This Is How The Apocalypse May HappenWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Cesc Fabregas has rated Arsene Wenger better than Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho at developing young players.last_img read more

Football News EXCLUSIVE | Ronaldo, Ronaldinho pushed me into freestyle footballing: Nikk

first_img Tips for youngsters who want to take up freestyle football as a career? Nikk- It is not an art form that you can learn in haste. It takes time to grow and hone your art. Patience, hard work and dedication are the keys. Future Besides all these, Nikk and his partner Ankit Yadav is looking to set up a company Freestyle Works which will help the budding freestylers and athletes to do well in this field. Freestyle football, without a doubt, recapitulates the magic of ‘joga bonito’, a Portuguese phrase that means to play football beautifully. Well, freestyle football is not only about juggling with the ball and showing off your skills, there is much more to it. With the much needed exposure and support, India would soon witness freestylers holding the national flag high with pride at international platforms. What is the required infrastructure and minimum diet routine for freestyle football? Nikk- The infrastructure required for practicing and honing our skills is a basic requirement of a good surface with preferably a shade or a ventilation system.To organise a freestyle football competition at a higher level, we require a proper stage setup with light and audio support combined with a space for crowd to gather and enjoy the entertainment.Whereas, Nutrition is an important part for any sport performance for athletes. Minimum diet should be five meals a day which consists of micronutrients, macronutrients and fluids because these are essentials to push and provide energy for the growth. Football is growing in India, what future do you see for freestyle football and how can it get the spotlight in the mainstream media? Nikk- Yes, football is gradually growing in India but freestyle football has alot to develop in our country. If we don’t get any support from the people and the sports authorities then it’s difficult to see something good in the field of freestyle football. But working hard as much as we can to do develop this sport in India. People should understand that it’s good for their health (physically and mentally).center_img New Delhi: FIFA World Cup 2018 fever is heating up across the globe and will storm the fields from June 14-July 15 with the deafening roar of cheers and the thrill of the game.Ahead of the World Cup, Nikhil Krishna aka Nikk Freestyler, a 22-year-old Delhi-based professional freestyler, in an exclusive interview to the newsnation.in, reveals the secret to successful freestyle footballing, his inspiring journey and more. Excerpt: How did you come across freestyle football and what motivated you to take it up as a profession? Nikk- As a football player, I used to do some football basic tricks like head control, juggles, etc. Then I started checking about this more on YouTube and there I found our legends doing tricks (Ronaldo, Ronaldinho) that really fascinated me to explore more onto this and they really motivated me to start this journey of freestyle football. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Liverpool draw Man Utd in Europa League

first_imgThe ties will take place at Anfield on March 10th and Old Trafford on St Patrick’s day.Spurs face Borussia Dortmund and are away in the first leg.The final of the competition takes place in Switzerland on May 18.last_img