Kenya, Vanuatu on religious leaders' minds this Easter

DEVASTATING world events have been the base of many Easter messages this year from religious leaders.

Sunday marked one of the most important days on the Christian calendar, when Jesus rose from the dead.

While Pope Francis referred to the attack at a university in Kenya, where non-Muslims and Christians were killed, during his Easter vigil service, Brisbane Catholic Archbishop Mark Coleridge said this time of year proved that when things looked bleak, there was hope of new life.

"The devastation in Vanuatu, the chaos in the Middle East and parts of Africa, the desperate flight of millions from their homeland in search of a better life: these are things that leave us feeling that this is an autumn time in the world as we head into the depths of winter," he said.

But Mr Coleridge said no matter how much it felt and looked like autumn or winter, it is always spring time somewhere in the world.

Anglican Archbishop Phillip Aspinall said Easter showed that when things felt like endings, they could be turned into beginnings.

"At times when despair could overwhelm us, new life and possibilities can come," the Brisbane Archbishop said.

"When mistakes we make bring things off the rails and it looks like we're going to land in a mess of guilt and shame - there is life beyond all that."


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