Pope Francis: Do not fear the newness of Easter

“Jesus is the eternal today of God.” On the brightest night of the year, Pope Francis celebrated the Easter Vigil and reignited in the hearts of all the hope for a future enlightened by the love of the Lord. All elements of the rite, celebrated in St. Peter’s Basilica, are imbued with the newness that each year presents itself to the eyes of people: “Jesus is not dead, He is risen, He is Living! He has not simply come back to life — He is life itself, because He is the Son of God.” The blessing of the fire and the preparation of the Paschal candle; the procession to the altar and the chanting of the Exultet; the liturgy of the Word, the Baptismal liturgy — during which the Pope administered the sacram …

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