POPE CALLS FOR PEACE
Reuters News Agency reports that Pope Francis, in his Easter Sunday address, called for peace in the Holy Land after 15 Palestinians were killed on the Israeli-Gaza border, saying the conflict there “does not spare the defenceless.” The pope made his appeal in his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and the world) message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to tens of thousands of people. He also appealed for an end to the “carnage” in Syria, calling for humanitarian aid to be allowed to enter, and for peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
BURIAL AT WESTMINSTER ABBEY
Westminster Abbey, the coronation and burial site for British monarchs and other major figures, confirmed that Stephen Hawking's ashes are be interred at its site near the grave of Sir Isaac Newton. Hawking was a self-proclaimed atheist. The Dean Of Westminster, the Very Rev. John Hall, said, "We believe it to be vital that science and religion work together to seek to answer the great questions of the mystery of life and of the universe."
“I CAN ONLY IMAGINE”
The recently released film I Can Only Imagine shocked critics on a recent US weekend at the box office by bringing in $17.1 million even though it was only shown at 1,629 locations.
The film is based on the true story of the life of Bart Millard, the frontman of Christian band MercyMe. The film tells the story of how Millard came to write the song “I Can Only Imagine,” which performed well on both Christian and mainstream music charts.