Easter Sunday - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Easter Sunday


Sri Lanka falls silent for Easter attack victims

Apr 21, 2020 - 11:17 PM

The coronavirus pandemic forces the Roman Catholic leadership to call off elaborate services to honor the 279 people killed in the Easter Sunday attacks

ONE YEAR. A relative pays his respect at a graveyard for St. Sebastian's Church bomb blasts victims in Negombo on April 21, 2020, to mark the first anniversary of the attacks. Photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

[FULL TEXT] Pope Francis' Easter message in the time of COVID-19

Apr 12, 2020 - 9:47 PM

Indifference, self-centeredness, division, and forgetfulness are not words we want to hear at this time. We want to ban these words forever!

Pope Francis delivers his Urbi et Orbi message following Easter Sunday Mass on April 12, 2020 behind closed doors at St. Peter's Basilica in The Vatican, during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. ANDREAS SOLARO / POOL / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Churchgoers 'present' despite empty pews on Easter 2020

Apr 12, 2020 - 4:38 PM

From drive-by processions to photos of parishioners taped on church pews, here is how Filipinos celebrated Easter in the time of COVID-19

SIGN OF HOPE. While parishioners have to stay home, churches remain the focal point of Easter Sunday on April 12, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Duterte to Filipinos on Easter Sunday: 'Find strength in the narrative of the Resurrection’

Apr 12, 2020 - 1:01 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte talks of the hope brought by the Risen Christ as the Philippines continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte gestures during a late-night address on the COVID-19 situation on April 6, 2020. File photo by Ace Morandante/Presidential Photo

[REFLECTIONS] Stories and dreams: Easter in the time of COVID-19

Apr 12, 2020 - 11:03 AM

We can rebuild from the ruins. We can rebuild with one another.

EASTER SUNDAY. Residents pray and look on during an Easter procession at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice in UP Diliman, Quezon City, on April 12, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[REFLECTIONS] Dare we not speak of Easter

Apr 12, 2020 - 10:00 AM

We can surely speak of Easter even in the midst of this crisis, but dare we not speak of Easter if this pandemic does not change us

FERVENT PRAYER. A devotee prays at the Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in Bulacan on Maundy Thursday, April 9, 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the nation. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Sri Lanka court rejects Easter bomb murder charge against officials

Jul 09, 2019 - 11:51 PM

Police Inspector General Pujith Jayasundara and former defense secretary Hemasiri Fernando are represented in court after being arrested last week on charges their negligence led to the attacks

EASTER ATTACKS. A general view of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on April 29, 2019, a week after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Sri Lanka extends emergency in surprise move

Jun 22, 2019 - 2:03 PM

There is no immediate word from the government on why President Maithripala Sirisena changed his mind on relaxing the tough laws imposed after the Easter Sunday attacks

Sri Lankan soldiers secure an area near St. Anthony's Shrine after a car explosion in Colombo on April 22, 2019, a day after the series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka. - The death toll from bomb blasts that ripped through churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka rose dramatically April 22 to 290 -- including dozens of foreigners -- as police announced new arrests over the country's worst attacks for more than a decade. (Photo by Jewel SAMAD / AFP)

Sri Lanka to charge police for 'lapses' over Easter attacks

Jun 20, 2019 - 11:25 PM

Nine police officers will face 'criminal investigations' for failing to act on warnings ahead of the April 21 bombings on 3 churches and 3 hotels carried out by Islamic State-backed jihadists

AFTERMATH. Sri Lankan security personnel and police investigators look through debris outside Zion Church following an explosion in Batticaloa in eastern Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachichi/AFP

Sri Lanka to relax emergency in a month – president

May 27, 2019 - 8:50 PM

'The emergency was declared to deal with the immediate security situation. However, it will not be necessary to extend this any further,' says Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena

STATE OF EMERGENCY. In this file photo, Sri Lankan navy personnel carry on repair works on the facade of St. Anthony's Shrine in Colombo on May 2, 2019, after a series of bomb blasts targeting churches and luxury hotels on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka. File photo by Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP

Sri Lanka extends emergency a month after suicide bombings

May 22, 2019 - 10:21 PM

Sri Lanka's president issues a proclamation saying that the emergency will continue for another 30 days, citing 'public security'

SECURITY. In this file photo, Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019.  File photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

Sri Lankan man who confronted bomber at church door remembered

Apr 27, 2019 - 9:58 PM

Ramesh Raju is one of 29 people that media reports say died in the blast at Zion, one of 3 churches and 3 hotels targeted by Jihadist bombers

In shadow of burned Notre-Dame, Paris Catholics pray for Easter renewal

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:00 PM

The Easter Sunday Mass at Saint-Eustache church in Paris, celebrated in the wake of the Notre-Dame fire, is pervaded by the spirit and hope of a fresh start

Faithful attend mass in tribute to the Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral at the Saint Eustache church in Paris, on Easter Sunday, on April 21, 2019. - A huge fire swept through the roof of the famed Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, sending flames and huge clouds of grey smoke billowing into the sky. The flames and smoke plumed from the spire and roof of the gothic cathedral, visited by millions of people a year. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

Sri Lanka blasts: What we know so far

Apr 21, 2019 - 10:36 PM

The series of blasts on Easter Sunday is one of the deadliest attacks in the island nation's history

Sri Lanka bomber queued at hotel buffet then unleashed devastation

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:35 PM

The Taprobane restaurant at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel was having one of its busiest days of the year for the Easter holiday weekend when the bombing took place

Philippines denounces Easter Sunday blasts in Sri Lanka

Apr 21, 2019 - 8:30 PM

(UPDATED) 'Our nation, together with the rest of the world, is outraged by these latest senseless acts of terror and violence,' says the spokesman of President Rodrigo Duterte

Sri Lankan police stand at the site of an explosion in a restaurant area of the luxury Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo on April 21, 2019. - At least 42 people were killed April 21 in a string of blasts at hotels and churches in Sri Lanka as worshippers attended Easter services, a police official told AFP. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA / AFP)

Pope Francis urges Libya peace, return of refugees to Syria

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:41 PM

'I urge the parties involved to choose dialogue over force and to avoid reopening wounds left by a decade of conflicts and political instability,' Pope Francis says during his traditional Easter Sunday address

World leaders condemn deadly Sri Lanka blasts

Apr 21, 2019 - 7:25 PM

(UPDATED) A series of blasts ripped through several high-end hotels and churches holding Easter services on Sunday, April 21

WATCH: Pope Francis leads Mass for Easter Sunday 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 3:40 PM

After the Easter Sunday liturgy, Pope Francis is set to deliver his traditional Urbi et Orbi (To the City and To the World) speech. Watch it live on Rappler.

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds an altar candle as he arrives to preside over the Easter Vigil on April 20, 2019 at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/AFP

Easter blasts at Sri Lanka churches, hotels kill at least 207

Apr 21, 2019 - 1:40 PM

(7th UPDATE) Documents show that Sri Lanka's police chief issued an intelligence alert to top officers 10 days ago, warning that suicide bombers planned to hit 'prominent churches'

BOMBING. Sri Lankan security personnel keep watch outside the church premises following a blast at the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade, Colombo on April 21, 2019. Photo by Ishara S. Kodikara/AFP

On Easter 2019, Duterte hopes for integrity in May polls

Apr 21, 2019 - 11:44 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his Easter message, says he hopes evil 'will be swept away by our strong faith in the Almighty'

EASTER SUNDAY. Catholics watch the traditional Salubong that reenacts the meeting of Mary and her resurrected son, Jesus, during the Easter Sunday celebration at EDSA Shrine, Quezon City on April 21, 2019. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: How Philippines celebrated Easter 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 10:40 AM

Filipinos celebrate the feast of Christ's resurrection through the Easter Vigil and the traditional Salubong procession

Salubong at San Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila, on April 21, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Defend freedom, Robredo tells Filipinos on Easter 2019

Apr 21, 2019 - 10:04 AM

'Sa huli, sa kabila ng kadiliman at kahirapan, ang kabutihan at pagmamahalan pa rin ang mananaig,' says Vice President Leni Robredo on Easter Sunday

EASTER VIGIL. The Paschal candle is lit in front of the Baguio Cathedral as part of the Easter Vigil rites on April 20, 2019. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle's Masses for Holy Week 2019

Apr 19, 2019 - 3:05 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Cardinal Tagle's Holy Week services on Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday (Easter Vigil)

The week in photos: March 31-April 6, 2018

Apr 07, 2018 - 3:18 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

Children look out of the window of a bus upon their arrival at the Abu al-Zindeen checkpoint near the northern Syrian town of al-Bab after Jaish al-Islam fighters and their families from the former rebel bastion's main town of Douma were evacuated from the last rebel-held pocket in Eastern Ghouta on April 3, 2018.Russia-backed regime forces have retaken control of 95 percent of Eastern Ghouta since February 18 through a combination of a deadly air and ground assault and evacuation deals. / AFP PHOTO / Nazeer al-Khatib

Pope Francis urges end to 'carnage' in Syria in Easter message

Apr 01, 2018 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) The pontiff also prays for peace and harmony in the Korean Peninsula

WATCH: Pope Francis leads Easter Sunday Mass

Apr 01, 2018 - 4:09 PM

Pope Francis is set to deliver his traditional Urbi et Orbi (To the City and To the World) after the Easter Sunday Mass

EASTER VIGIL. Pope Francis holds the Paschal candle during the Easter Vigil at St Peter's Basilica on March 31, 2018, at the Vatican. Photo by AFP

Robredo on Easter: Unite amid threats to democracy

Apr 01, 2018 - 3:48 PM

Jesus' victory over death shows that truth and goodness will always prevail, says Vice President Leni Robredo on Easter Sunday 2018

EASTER SUNDAY. Filipino Catholics join the traditional Easter Salubong at Saint Peter Parish in Quezon City on Sunday, April 1, 2018. The Salubong reenacts the meeting of the risen Jesus and his mother, Mary, on the first Easter. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte critics on Easter: Darkness won't last forever

Apr 01, 2018 - 10:51 AM

'Tiyak pong magwawagi tayo sa kasamaan at magwawakas ang umiiral na kadiliman sa ating bayan,' says detained Senator Leila de Lima on Easter 2018

TRIUMPH OVER DARKNESS. Catholics mark Easter with the traditional 'Salubong' that ends with the risen Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter.  Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

IN PHOTOS: Filipinos mark Easter 2018 with 'Salubong'

Apr 01, 2018 - 9:33 AM

Filipinos traditionally observe the Salubong through a dawn procession that ends in front of the church, with the statues of Jesus and Mary 'meeting' on Easter

Duterte's Easter Sunday message: Be humble, forgive

Apr 01, 2018 - 12:00 AM

'May we nurture humility and forgiveness in our hearts as these will free us from the shackles of hatred and greed,' says President Rodrigo Duterte

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle's Masses for Holy Week 2018

Mar 31, 2018 - 8:01 PM

Bookmark this page to watch Cardinal Tagle's Holy Week services on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Black Saturday (Easter Vigil)

Going on an Easter Egg hunt? Check out these places

Mar 29, 2018 - 11:32 AM

The Easter Bunny has hidden a whole lot of eggs around Manila this year!

Pope urges end to Syria 'horror' in Easter address

Apr 16, 2017 - 10:00 PM

The pontiff also speaks out against the hostilities and famine in South Sudan Sudan Somalia and the Democratic Republic of Congo

In this file photo, a Syrian man carries his two girls as he walks across the rubble following a barrel bomb attack on the rebel-held neighborhood of al-Kalasa in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 17, 2015. Karam al-Masri/AFP

Pakistan thwarts 'major' Easter Sunday attack plot – army

Apr 15, 2017 - 10:30 PM

A major terrorist attack planned for Easter in Lahore tomorrow was successfully foiled by intelligence agencies a military statement says

WATCH: Cardinal Tagle leads Easter Vigil in Manila

Apr 15, 2017 - 8:21 PM

Watch the Manila Easter Vigil on Rappler

WATCH: Pope Francis leads Easter Vigil in the Vatican

Apr 15, 2017 - 7:19 PM

Watch the Vatican Easter Vigil on Rappler

Holy Week 2017: Easter Vigil, Easter Sunday schedule of services

Apr 14, 2017 - 4:35 PM

3rd UPDATE Check out this page for the schedule of services and Masses in select churches for Black Saturday and Easter Sunday

Devotees wipe handkerchiefs on an image of a crucified Jesus Christ in front of the Manila Cathedral onApril 14. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

How do other countries observe Holy Week?

Apr 09, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Some countries also observe Holy Week with religious processions while others have their own colorful rites and rituals

SHOW OF FAITH. A Good Friday procession over sawdust carpets in Guatemala. Photo by Jialiang Gao on Wikimedia Commons

Taliban claims Pakistan bombing, 'Christians target'

Mar 28, 2016 - 1:59 PM

The hardline Jamaat ul Ahrar faction of the Tehreek e Taliban Pakistan says they will carry out more such attacks vowing to target schools and colleges alongside government and military interests

ANGUISH. Relatives of the victims of a suicide bomb blast cry outside a hospital in Lahore, Pakistan, March 27, 2016. Rahat Dar/EPA

Jokowi condemns suicide blast in Pakistan

Mar 28, 2016 - 12:28 PM

In a tweet the Indonesia president said acts of terror are never justified

Pakistani rescuers and officials gather at the blast site in Lahore on March 27, 2016. Photo by Arif Ali/AFP

TIMELINE: Deadliest insurgent attacks in Pakistan

Mar 28, 2016 - 11:27 AM

Here is a list of major attacks by militant groups including the Pakistani Taliban since 2007

AFTERMATH. Pakistani security officials inspect the scene of a suicide bomb attack in Lahore, Pakistan, March 27, 2016. Rahat Dar/EPA

Jokowi: Indonesia kutuk serangan bom di Lahore, Pakistan

Mar 28, 2016 - 10:22 AM

Serangan bom bunuh menewaskan setidaknya 65 orang dalam perayaan Paskah di Lahore Pakistan pada Minggu 27 Maret

Warga tengah mencoba mengenali jenazah yang menjadi korban bom bunuh diri di Lahore, Pakistan pada Minggu, 27 Maret. Foto oleh Rahat Dar/EPA

Facebook sorry for pushing Pakistan Safety Check worldwide

Mar 28, 2016 - 3:19 AM

While Safety Check is a feature that is meant to ask people in Pakistan to check in and let others know they are okay it seems the location based feature misfired

SAFETY CHECK. Facebook's Safety Check erroneously activates for people nowhere near Lahore, Pakistan, the site of a deadly bombing. Screen shot from Facebook.

Easter suicide attack kills 72 in Pakistan

Mar 28, 2016 - 12:25 AM

UPDATED Officials say the bomber detonated the explosives packed with ball bearings near a children s playing area in the popular Gulshan i Iqbal park in Lahore where Christians were celebrating Easter Sunday

Pakistani rescuers and officials gather at a bomb blast site in Lahore on March 27, 2016.   At least 25 people were killed and dozens injured when an explosion ripped through the parking lot of a crowded park where many minority Christians had gone to celebrate Easter Sunday in the Pakistani city Lahore, officials said. / AFP / ARIF ALI

Pope slams 'rejection' of migrants, refugees in Easter message

Mar 27, 2016 - 7:01 PM

UPDATED Pope Francis also speaks of areas affected by climate change

Amid terror threats abroad, PH to stay on high alert

Mar 27, 2016 - 3:30 PM

The government says it is concerned about the safety of its citizens especially during their travel back to their respective homes after the Holy Week break

Cardinal Tagle on Easter: Sing 'alleluia' amid gunfire

Mar 27, 2016 - 10:15 AM

Cardinal Tagle cites the terrorist attacks in Belgium as a ‘tomb’ that should be conquered by Easter

Aquino's Easter message: 'Seek light' amid uncertainty

Mar 27, 2016 - 9:58 AM

Aquino: Today let us make a stand: Fearless and full of hope we charge towards a brighter more empowered tomorrow

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his speech during the Meeting with Local Leaders and the Community at the Dasmarinas National High School in Dasmarinas City, Cavite, March 10, 2016. Photo by Gil Nartea/ Malacanang Photo Bureau

Eat out with the family at these 10 great restaurants

May 09, 2015 - 10:07 AM

Beautiful spaces where you can linger over great food and drinks

TOGETHER. Family bonding at Haru. Photo by Paolo Abad/Rappler