Latest Easter News

The Latest: Mass held at church where 100 died in bombing

May. 9, 2019 2:41 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on the Easter Sunday bomb attacks in Sri Lanka that killed more than 250 people when suicide bombers struck three churches and three hotels (all times local): 12 a.m. The first Catholic mass has been celebrated at St. Sebastian's Church in the Sri Lankan city of Negombo...

Sri Lanka Catholics celebrate Mass via TV amid new warnings

May. 5, 2019 6:25 AM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lankan Catholics celebrated Sunday Mass in their homes for a second week as churches remain closed amid fears of possible fresh attacks by Islamic extremists. Cardinal Malcom Ranjith, the archbishop of Colombo, offered a televised Mass from his residence that was attended...

Greek man arrested over child's freak Easter Sunday shooting

May. 1, 2019 10:09 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek police say they have arrested a man suspected of firing his gun in the air during Orthodox Easter celebrations and accidentally shooting in the head an eight-year-old girl playing in an adjacent village. In a statement Wednesday, police said the 54-year-old faces charges of...

No Mass for Sri Lanka's Catholics; no veils for Muslim women

Apr. 28, 2019 2:44 PM EDT

AMPARA, Sri Lanka (AP) — The effects of Sri Lanka's Easter suicide bombings reverberated across two faiths Sunday, with Catholics shut out of their churches for fear of new attacks, left with only a televised Mass, and Muslim women ordered to stop wearing veils in public. Many across the nation knelt...

Romanian villagers light graveyard fires in Easter ritual

Apr. 25, 2019 8:27 AM EDT

COPACIU, Romania (AP) — Orthodox Christians in a southern Romanian village lit fires and candles at the gravesites of friends and relatives, part of a centuries-old Easter ritual. The fires burning Thursday before dawn in the village of Copaciu are believed to guide the souls of the dead during the night...

Sri Lankan woman loses most of her family in Easter bombings

Apr. 24, 2019 9:17 PM EDT

NEGOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Before the undertakers could move in, Anusha Kumari wrested herself away from her sisters and flung herself on the three coffins, wailing. In an instant, she was left childless and a widow when suicide bombers attacked churches and luxury hotels in and near Sri Lanka's capital of...

Hawaii Catholic church chapel vandalized on Easter night

Apr. 24, 2019 6:23 AM EDT

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) — The chapel of a Hawaii Catholic church was vandalized during the night following Easter celebrations, according to a parish priest. St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Wailuku suffered various types of damage during the night, The Maui News reported Tuesday. The chapel in western Maui...

UK's May under fire as Parliament returns from Brexit break

Apr. 23, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May faced renewed pressure Tuesday from her restive Conservative Party to resign as lawmakers returned to Parliament — and to Brexit wrangling — after an 11-day Easter break. Britain's European Union exit, long scheduled to take place last month,...

Punching Easter bunny who broke up fight has rap sheet

Apr. 23, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It turns out an Easter bunny in Florida who was hailed as a hero for intervening in a fight between a man and woman has a rap sheet. The Tampa Bay Times reports Antoine McDonald is wanted in New Jersey. Police in South Brunswick, New Jersey, say McDonald and an accomplice were caught...

The Latest: Man recalls death of daughter, wife in blast

Apr. 22, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — The Latest on explosions in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday (all times local): 4:53 a.m. A man whose Australian wife and only child died in a bomb blast in a Sri Lanka church said he walked out ahead of his family moments before the explosion. Sudesh Kolonne told Australian...