Pope Francis led the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Easter on Saturday night, urging them at a vigil Mass to shun indifference and boldly live their faith. Marking the third Easter since his election in 2013, the pope maintained an Easter vigil tradition by baptizing late entries into the Church. He administered the sacrament to a 13-year-old Cambodian girl and nine adults, including a 66-year-old woman from Kenya, the country where al Shabaab Islamist militants killed 148 people at a university, apparently singling out Christians to kill while letting some Muslims escape. At his Good Friday service a day earlier, he prayed for persecuted Christians.
To enter into the mystery means going beyond our own comfort zone, beyond the laziness and indifference which hold us back, and going out in search of truth, beauty and love.