Entries in Easter (2)


Catholics Could Have New Pope by Palm Sunday

L'Osservatore Romano Vatican Pool via Getty Images(ROME) -- The conclave to elect a new pope might begin sooner than expected, the Vatican said on Saturday, meaning Roman Catholics could have a new pontiff well before Easter.

“This time and situation is a bit different from last time,” Father Federico Lombardi said.

Church rules say a conclave must begin 15 to 20 days after the seat becomes vacant after a period of mourning.  This time there’s no need to mourn; because the vacancy is not because of the pope’s death, but because Benedict is resigning as of Feb. 28, the cardinals may have room to accelerate the schedule.

Speeding up the process could potentially give the Church a new pope in time for Holy Week, the most important days of the church calendar.  He could be formally installed at the Vatican in time to celebrate Palm Sunday, March 24; Good Friday, March 29; and Easter, March 31.  Cardinals would also be able to return to their archdiocese to celebrate Holy Week with their communities.

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British Boy Finds Live Hand Grenade on Easter Egg Hunt

File photo. (JupiterImages/Thinkstock)(LONDON) -- A 3-year-old British boy on an Easter egg hunt Saturday morning discovered a live hand grenade.

The device was on the side of a busy road next to the field where families were conducting their Easter ritual in Holford, Somerset. According to the British press, the boy was actually standing on the device when an adult spotted him.

“We were beginning to count up the eggs at the end of the hunt and I saw a boy of three standing on an object. ‘It was brown and about four inches high. It looked like an Easter egg, but it was a hand grenade,” Stuart Moffatt told the Daily Mail.  “I was shocked. The boy who was standing on it thought it was a rock.”

Moffatt is an engineering consultant who was attending the event with his wife and their three young children.

About 25 children were reportedly in that field on the Easter egg hunt.

This is Somerset reported that the device was destroyed in a controlled explosion.

The Mail says the grenade is believed to have been a relic from World War II.

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