President Barack Obama called for Americans to focus on the suffering Jesus Christ went through on the cross in his last Easter Prayer Breakfast speech, explaining that through Christ, people have been given the gift of salvation, and don't have to be afraid.
Obama also urged Americans to reject the attempts of terrorists to create fear and division among people.
"We drown out darkness with light, and we heal hatred with love, and we hold on to hope. And we think about all that Jesus suffered and sacrificed on our behalf — scorned, abandoned shunned, nail-scarred hands bearing the injustice of his death and carrying the sins of the world," the president said Wednesday. more >>
The British Pakistani Christian Association, one of the groups helping victims of the Easter suicide bombing in Lahore, Pakistan, are organizing a protest in London calling on world governments to stand up for religious minorities and protect innocent lives.
"The horrors of the Easter massacre, deliberately targeting children enjoying the high-point of the Easter celebrations, have shocked the globe," wrote Wilson Chowdhry, BPCA chairman.
"Jesus resurrection from the tomb will be a focus of this event and will be prayerfully reflected upon. We will also have speakers from various religious backgrounds calling for the unity of mankind against oppressors," he added. more >>
Actor Chris Pratt spent time working on something larger than life Easter Sunday, and it didn't involve an action movie superhero.
Pratt celebrated Easter by helping to erect a huge wooden cross atop a hill. The 36-year-old "Jurassic World" actor chronicled the process on Instagram, sharing step-by-step captioned photos that included picking the perfect spot, dragging the cross out to its location, taking a rest, digging a hole, putting the cross in place and leveling it, backfilling the hole with cement, and enjoying the finished product.
The actor, who is currently filming "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" has been consistently vocal about his Christian faith, especially after the premature birth of his son, Jack, who was born nine weeks early and weighed only 3 pounds. more >>
A British man who identifies as non-religious claimed to have seen the face of Jesus Christ appear in his garden bush Easter Sunday.
Michael Coughlan of Bolton, Greater Manchester, told The Mirror that he was looking out the back window in his house Sunday when he suddenly saw what he described as the face of Christ looking back at him in the shrubbery.
"I went into the room on Sunday and looked out the window and saw this face," the father-of-four said. more >>
Prime Minister David Cameron focused his Easter Sunday message on the importance of being proud of one's Christian faith, especially following the Brussels terror attacks that killed 35 last week.
Speaking in a pre-recorded video message, the prime minister described Great Britain as a "Christian country with Christian values," adding that citizens must "all stand together and defend them," in his Easter message released Sunday.
Cameron added that when "terrorists try to destroy our way of life as they have tried to do again so despicably in Brussels — we must stand together and show that we will never be cowed by terror." more >>
Lakewood Church Pastor Joel Osteen says he isn't cheating anyone by not talking about Hell and repentance, insisting that people feel guilty enough already, and he wants to lift up believers instead of bringing them down.
When asked in an Easter Sunday interview by CBS News' "Sunday Morning" program "Do you feel like you're cheating people by not telling them about the Hell part? Or repentance part?" Osteen answered: "No, I really don't, because it's a different approach."
He continued: "You know, it's not hellfire and brimstone. But I say most people are beaten down enough by life. They already feel guilty enough. They're not doing what they should, raising their kids — we can all find reasons. So I want them to come to Lakewood or our meetings and be lifted up, to say, 'You know what? I may not be perfect, but I'm moving forward. I'm doing better.' And I think that motivates you to do better." more >>