Pope Francis expresses Easter greetings to the Oriental Churches

20 Apr 2020

At the end of the Holy Mass on the Second Sunday of Easter, Feast of Divine Mercy, celebrated on 19 April 2020 in the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia, Rome, Pope Francis led the recitation of the Regina Cœli. Introducing the Marian prayer, the Holy Father expressed his greetings to the Oriental Churches celebrating Easter on this day.


Dear brothers and sisters,

I extend greetings to our brothers and sisters who belong to the Oriental Churches, who today celebrate the Feast of Easter. Together, let us proclaim: “The Lord is truly risen!” (Lk 24:34). Above all, at this moment of trial, let us feel what a great gift and hope it is that comes from being risen with Christ! In particular, I rejoice with the Eastern Catholic communities who, for ecumenical reasons, celebrate Easter together with the Orthodox. May this fraternity be of comfort in those places where Christians are a small minority.