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Celebrate the Easter season from Easter Sunday through Pentecost with written, audio and video resources.

Seasonal Features
Easter to Pentecost


Easter e-cards
Send cards to continue living the Easter message.



Sunday Soundbites
with Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.

Easter Sunday
Second Sunday of Easter
Third Sunday of Easter
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Ascension of the Lord
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Pentecost


More Easter Inspiration

Sacred Art: Etching Faith Onto Eggs
The egg and the Easter season both symbolize new life. Sister Rita Keshock breathes new life into an ancient Byzantine style.

Immersed in God's Love: Our Sacraments of Initiation
Fr. Tom Richstatter, O.F.M. reflects on the sacraments at the heart of our Easter celebration.

Thérèse of Lisieux: Our Easter Season Spiritual Guide
If our life experiences and the Church’s liturgical year seem out of sync, this Doctor of the Church can help.

The Journey to Easter
A parish experiences the joys of the Easter Vigil as it welcomes new members into the Church.

The First Pentecost
A narrative account of the first Pentecost where a new Church has begun.

We Believe in the Resurrection
The Resurrection is the crowning event in the historical life of Jesus. Learn what happened during the Resurrection and how the Resurrection launched the Christian faith and shaped our belief in Jesus’ identity.

Easter and Sacraments of Initiation
Gifts of the Holy Spirit from the Catholic Update Video,
"Sealed With God's Spirit"

Called by Name from the Catholic Update Video,
"Adult Baptism: Exploring Its Meaning"

Life Is Yours from "Resurrection Power"
by Megan McKenna


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Cornelius: 
		<p>There was no pope for 14 months after the martyrdom of St. Fabian because of the intensity of the persecution of the Church. During the interval, the Church was governed by a college of priests. St. Cyprian, a friend of Cornelius, writes that Cornelius was elected pope "by the judgment of God and of Christ, by the testimony of most of the clergy, by the vote of the people, with the consent of aged priests and of good men." </p>
		<p>The greatest problem of Cornelius's two-year term as pope had to do with the Sacrament of Penance and centered on the readmission of Christians who had denied their faith during the time of persecution. Two extremes were finally both condemned. Cyprian, primate of North Africa, appealed to the pope to confirm his stand that the relapsed could be reconciled only by the decision of the bishop. </p>
		<p>In Rome, however, Cornelius met with the opposite view. After his election, a priest named Novatian (one of those who had governed the Church) had himself consecrated a rival bishop of Rome—one of the first antipopes. He denied that the Church had any power to reconcile not only the apostates, but also those guilty of murder, adultery, fornication or second marriage! Cornelius had the support of most of the Church (especially of Cyprian of Africa) in condemning Novatianism, though the sect persisted for several centuries. Cornelius held a synod at Rome in 251 and ordered the "relapsed" to be restored to the Church with the usual "medicines of repentance." </p>
		<p>The friendship of Cornelius and Cyprian was strained for a time when one of Cyprian's rivals made accusations about him. But the problem was cleared up. </p>
		<p>A document from Cornelius shows the extent of organization in the Church of Rome in the mid-third century: 46 priests, seven deacons, seven subdeacons. It is estimated that the number of Christians totaled about 50,000. </p>
		<p>Cornelius died as a result of the hardships of his exile in what is now Civitavecchia (near Rome). <br /> </p>
American Catholic Blog For God judged it better to bring good out of evil than not to permit any evil to exist. —St. Augustine

 
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