At Chrism Mass, Pope warns priests against clericalism (Vatican News) In his homily at the Chrism Mass, which he celebrated in St. Peter’s basilica, Pope Francis encouraged priests to serve their people, saying that “we must not forget that our evangelical models are those people, the ‘crowd’ with its real faces.” He reminded the priests of Rome that the apostles had often sought to keep “the crowds” away from Jesus, and remarked: “Here, I believe, was the beginning of clericalism.”
President Trump calls Pope Francis (@realDonaldTrump) President Trump tweeted, “Just had a wonderful conversation with @Pontifex Francis offering condolences from the People of the United States for the horrible and destructive fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. I offered the help of our great experts on renovation and construction as I did.” The Holy See Press Office’s interim director also tweeted, “The Holy Father received a telephone call this afternoon from the President of the United States, Donald Trump, who, regarding the devastation of Notre-Dame Cathedral, expressed to the Pope his closeness, in the name of the American people.”
Father Rosica plagiarized notorious statement from anti-Catholic blog? (CNA) Father Thomas Rosica, the Canadian media personality and sometime Vatican spokesman who has admitted to numerous cases of plagiarism, apparently copied a controversial statement from an anti-Catholic activist. Father Rosica famously said that under Pope Francis, the Church “is openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of Tradition plus Scripture.” That line had originally appeared in a blog post by Richard Bennett, a former priest who now works for the “conversion of Roman Catholics.”
Concession in China: 'underground' bishop allowed to concelebrate Chrism Mass (AsiaNews) An ‘underground’ Chinese bishop joined his successor at the Chrism Mass, after earlier being barred by authorities, the AsiaNews service reports. The participation of Bishop Guo Xijin—who had stepped down as Bishop of Mindong in the wake of the Vatican-Beijing accord—suggests a successful intervention by Chinese national leaders and/or Vatican officials to avoid aggravating tensions with the “underground” Church. Bishop Guo and priests of the Mindong diocese have apparently not been required to recognize the authority of the Patriotic Association.
France asks: Should Notre-Dame's spire be rebuilt as it was? (Reuters) “The cathedral was built over nearly 200 years starting in the middle of the 12th century, although it was only in the mid 1800s that architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc added the lead-covered spire during restoration work,” Reuters reported. “The international competition will allow us to ask the question of whether we should even recreate the spire as it was conceived by Viollet-le-Duc,” Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said.
Major fire rips Notre Dame in Paris (Reuters) The renowned cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris has been devastated by fire. The blaze, which was spotted in the afternoon of April 15, raged through the building, and both the spire and the roof collapsed. Workers raced to save precious artworks and relics from the interior of the building. The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.