By Msgr. Charles Pope - As the Easter Octave unfolds, we have in the Gospel this enigmatic statement of Our Lord Jesus to Mary Magdalene: Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, “I am ascending to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God” (John 20:17)… There is much to ponder and distinguish here… First, we should set aside certain previous translations that rendered “Do not cling to me” as “Do not touch me.”
By Fr. Shenan J. Boquet, Human Life International - It is almost impossible not to find a dire symbolism in the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on the first day of Holy Week, the day after – as Ross Douthat points out – Catholics worldwide listened to a Gospel in which St. Luke recounted the rending of the veil of the temple… Notre Dame is the symbolic heart of the Catholic Church in France. And France – the “eldest daughter of the Church” – is in many respects the symbolic heart of the faith in Europe. Many felt something like physical pain watching this most magnificent and history-laden Catholic cathedral burning.
By J.M. Phelps, OneNewsNow - A national immigration analyst says President Donald Trump's popularity is continuing to grow among Hispanic Americans – a segment of the American population that's projected to become the largest voting minority in the 2020 presidential election… "Latinos are paying attention to what President Trump is doing," says Maria Espinoza, national director of The Remembrance Project… Trump's approval among Hispanics is certainly seen in the polls, Espinoza continues. "Forty-five to 51 percent of Latinos support this president," she tells OneNewsNow – and she expects those numbers will only increase in the next two years. She is convinced Trump's work is "impacting every average American family" – despite the color of their skin.
By Jonah McKeown, CNA - (The Columbine) massacre was premeditated and devastating; the boys also unsuccessfully planned to bomb the school with homemade explosives. They murdered 13 and wounded more than 20 others; finally they shot and killed themselves… Archbishop Charles Chaput, now of Philadelphia, was the shepherd of Denver at the time. More than 1,000 mourners turned out for the first three students’ funerals, over which Chaput presided… "[Chaput] was very prompt in understanding the need to get to the scene and get to the families, the Catholic families, to provide them with support”…