SANLUCAR DE BARRAMEDA, SPAIN - MAY 17: Pilgrims react walk while entering la Aldea del Rocio behind the carriage carrying the Simpecado of the Hermandad del Rocio de Huelva during their journey to La Ermita del Rocio on May 17, 2013 in El Rocio, Spain. The Romeria del Rocio procession brings together roughly a million pilgrims each year making their way for as long as seven days from throughout Andalusia by foot, on horsebacks and horse drawn carriages, to the doors of the Hermitage of El Rocio. On Sunday night, after reciting the Holy Rosary at candlelight, and the passing of all the simpecados in front of the chapel, with the one from the brotherhood of Matriz de Almonte as the last one, el salto de la reja begins, the jumping of the fence surrounding the Hermitage after which the Virgin of El Rocio is carried out onto the sandy streets of the small town for the 'Blanca Paloma' procession. Then, the long camino home begins. Dating back from 1653, it was in 1758, when the Virgin of Las Rocinas became known as the Virgin of El Rocio, that the pilgrimage started to take place in the weekend of the Sunday of Pentecost, 50 days after Easter Sunday.
Whenever I compose a new song, I sing it in our church first, before it is recorded. I also compose new songs for special occasions – Christmas, Good Friday, Easter, weddings -- and sing them in the Tamil churches here.
This is a turnaround from March, when most retail industries had falls ... Good Friday and Easter Sunday were in March this year, instead of April. This meant that there were two more trading days than during a typical April month.
Muslims can only wish their Christian countrymen Happy Easter provided the greeting does not come at the expense of our Islamic religion.More quotes »
Coptic cleric says he will sue Israeli police
-- An Egyptian Coptic cleric who was mistreated during Orthodox Easter services is threatening to sue.Video supplied to The Associated Press shows Israeli police shoving Arsanious el-Orshalimi and putting him in a headlock. The incident took place during Orthodox Read more »
Cardinal Timothy Dolan likens church repairs to renewal of Easter
Timothy M. Dolan wanted to talk about rebirth and renewal in his Easter homily at St. Patrick's Cathedral.He didn't have to look far for a good metaphor. He didn't even have to look outside the cathedral doors, thanks to a $175 million repair project and the Read more »
Christians in Holy Land, Mideast celebrate Easter
Egyptian laborers who are working in the oil-rich country. Tensions rose last month after assailants torched a church in the eastern city of Benghazi and militias arrested some 100 Christians, mostly Egyptian, accusing them of proselytizing.In Iraq, Christians Read more »
Office Vatican text of pope's speech
the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica.___Dear brothers and sisters in Rome and throughout the world, Happy Easter! Happy Easter!What a joy it is for me to announce this message: Christ is risen! I would like it to go out to every house and every family, Read more »
Hundreds celebrate Easter at Jones Beach sunrise service
Island worshippers still coming to grips with the lasting devastation from superstorm Sandy sought solace in their faith during an Easter sunrise service at Jones Beach.The beach and many neighboring communities were hard hit in the October storm."Didn't you Read more »
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Look, it’s the official (third) teaser trailer for Anchorman 2!
about his snake venom cologne (which sounds, um, deadly) and Brick Tamland (played by Steve Carrell) wants you to have a happy Easter. Which is nice enough, right? The film is packed with celeb cameos – Drake and Kanye West have been spotted filming in recent 57 m ago from Heat World Read more »
Papa Francisco: la Iglesia debe renovarse
square as part of the Palm Sunday celebration on March 24, 2013 at the Vatican. The Palm Sunday marks the start of the holy week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should 5/19/13 from The Huffington Post Read more »
Come Holy Ghost
Sunday marks the end of the Easter season. On this day, the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and the Blessed Virgin Mary, as Christ had promised before He ascended into Heaven ten days before, on Ascension Thursday. The sending of His Spirit was the from About.com: Catholicism Read more »
Palestinian Arabs hijack Easter
in the Six Day War.) They dressed their wounds and raised the flag of nationality again by founding parties and factions... Easter is a distinct [Palestinian] national holiday which doesn't concern only Christians but rather all Palestinians believing in the from Elder of Ziyon Read more »
The Holy Spirit’s Two Comings
is Pentecost Sunday, the day we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit and call an end to the Easter season. It is also the birthday of the Church. There are two depictions of the coming of the Holy Spirit in today’s readings, and they are both very important. from National Catholic Register Read more »