18Apr Bishops seek meeting with Minister over ‘draconian’ ban

Sinéad Hussey of RTÉ reports:

The Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All-Ireland is seeking a meeting with the Minister for Health over a “draconian” move to outlaw public mass and other religious services.

A statutory instrument was published earlier … Read the rest

18Apr Presider’s Page for 18 April (Third Sunday of Easter)

During the Easter season the Church continues to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, even in these pandemic days. Today, we join together to worship God, who has brought about the great victory over sin and death in which we hope.

18Apr Update from Australia: Instrumentum Laboris – a major disappointment…

The Instrumentum Laboris (IL) or Working Document is the latest product of the Preparatory Stage for the 5th Plenary Council of the Catholic Church in Australia, convened to address the huge existential crisis facing the Church in this … Read the rest

18Apr ‘We must restore the powerful witness of women leaders to the Catholic lectionary’

Christine Schenk writes in the National Catholic Reporter online:

My ears perked up last week when I learned that Pope Francis had authorized a “visitation” at the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments following the recent … Read the rest

18Apr April 18, 2021. Third Sunday of Easter

Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread. While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, "Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have."