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Cardinal Philippe Barbarin pictured at the Vatican (AP)

Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/04/16

A daily guide to what’s happening in the Catholic Church

Fr Thomas Uzhunnalil

Fr Tom Uzhunnalil was abducted from a care home run by the Missionaries of Charity

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal of Jerusalem celebrates Easter Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem's Old City (CNS photo/Amir Cohen, Reuters)

In their Easter messages, the Catholic patriarchs urged the faithful to find hope in the resurrection

Pope Francis censes an icon of Jesus as he celebrates Easter Sunday Mass in St Peter's Square (AP)

The risen Jesus enables us ‘to see with his eyes of love and compassion’, says Francis

Pope Francis washes the foot of a woman during the foot-washing ritual at the Castelnuovo di Porto refugees centre (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)

The Pontiff washed the feet of several refugees, including Muslims, Hindus and Copts

Peter and John running to Jesus’s empty tomb by Swiss painter Eugène Burnand

Word this Week

Easter Sunday, Acts 10:34 & 37-43; Col 3:1-4; Jn 20:1-9 (Year C)

Pope Francis greets the faithful as he arrives at the Our Lady of Providence Centre in Rome in 2015

By washing the feet of the refugees, ‘Francis is asking for respect for each one of them,’ Archbishop Rino Fisichella said

Nuns and faithful hold candles as they attend the Via Crucis  service in 2015 (CNS)

Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti meditations for the Good Friday service refer to modern martyrs killed ‘in every corner of the globe’

Faithful hold candles in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulcher in 2014 (CNS)

Restricted access to Easter services is a point of contention between the Israeli police and Christians

Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate Palm Sunday Mass in St Peter's Square (CNS)

Pope Francis led the Palm Sunday Mass with more than 60,000 people gathered in St Peter’s Square