Easter http://tpr.org en The Florida Church Whose Worshippers Are All Tourists http://tpr.org/post/florida-church-whose-worshipers-are-all-tourists Easter Sunday is a busy time for many Christian churches. And for one Florida church, "busy" only begins to describe it. The Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe has no permanent members, but it will host tens of thousands of worshippers today.<p>That's because the church is across the street from Walt Disney World. The main basilica was built in the early 1990s, to give visitors to the resort complex a place to worship. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 16:39:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 30353 at http://tpr.org The Florida Church Whose Worshippers Are All Tourists This May Be Rogue Parishioners' Last Easter In Closed Church http://tpr.org/post/may-be-rogue-parishioners-last-easter-closed-church Nearly a decade has passed since the doors of the Saint Frances Cabrini Catholic Church were shut and its holy water dried up.<p>With the Archdiocese of Boston strapped for cash, it was one of dozens of churches in the area to be closed and sold off. At the time, the archdiocese was in the throes of the clergy sex abuse crisis. It had agreed to pay nearly $85 million to more than 500 people who said they were abused by priests.<p>The closing of the church took parishioners in Scituate, Mass., about 30 miles south of Boston, by surprise. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 15:53:00 +0000 Martha Ann Overland 30352 at http://tpr.org This May Be Rogue Parishioners' Last Easter In Closed Church Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands http://tpr.org/post/pope-francis-leads-easter-mass-thousands A crowd estimated at more than 150,000 people gathered in St. Peter's Square for an Easter Mass led by Pope Francis on Sunday. The pope gave his traditional blessing on the most important day of the Christian calendar; he also called for help for people who are living in desperate conditions.<p>From Rome, NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports for our Newscast unit:<p><blockquote><p>"Looking tired after an intense holy week, Francis stressed that Easter is 'the basis of our faith and hope.' If Christ were not raised, he said, Christianity would lose its very meaning. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:41:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 30340 at http://tpr.org Pope Francis Leads Easter Mass For Thousands San Antonio Catholics Mark End Of Holy Week With 'The Passion' http://tpr.org/post/san-antonio-catholics-mark-end-holy-week-passion <p><em>*Several errors have been brought to our attention in regard to this story:</em></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 21:47:52 +0000 Joey Palacios 8933 at http://tpr.org San Antonio Catholics Mark End Of Holy Week With 'The Passion' The Good Friday 5: Musical Passion Stories You Must Hear http://tpr.org/post/good-friday-5-musical-passion-stories-you-must-hear For Christians around the world, this week, leading up to Easter Sunday, is one of the most meaningful in the religious calendar. The dramatic story of Jesus' final days, as related in the four Gospels of the New Testament, has been meaningful for composers, too, and a rich source for many musical settings of the Passion story. <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15031897/johann-sebastian-bach">J.S. Bach</a> is still the benchmark when it comes to composing Passions. His <em>St. Thu, 28 Mar 2013 17:03:00 +0000 Tom Huizenga 8747 at http://tpr.org The Good Friday 5: Musical Passion Stories You Must Hear World Music Celebrations: Easter http://tpr.org/post/world-music-celebrations-easter <p></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:23:55 +0000 Deirdre Saravia 8730 at http://tpr.org World Music Celebrations: Easter