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Candles with an image of St Mary Magdalene at a church in Illinois (CNS)

The change reflects St Mary Magdalene’s status as the ‘apostle to the apostles’ and a witness to God’s mercy

Some liberal Protestant thinkers claim that the Resurrection was merely ‘spiritual’

Book review: Why the Resurrection Matters by Carl Olson

The Apostles Paul and Barnabas in Lystra, by Jacob Jordeans (1593-1678)

Fourth Sunday of Easter: Acts 13:14 & 45-52; Rev 7:9 & 14-17; Jn 10:27-30 (Year C)

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

A detail from Christ and the Children by Carl Heinrich Bloch (1834-1890)

The 25th Sunday of the Year wis 2:12, 17-20; ps 54; jas 3:16-4:3; mk 9:30-37 (year b)

A detail from Christ at Emmaus, painted by Rembrandt in 1648

Third Sunday of Easter Acts 3: 3-15, 17-19, 1 John 2: 1-5, Luke 24, 35-48 (year b)

The Cleansing of the Temple, depicted by an unknown artist

Third Sunday of Lent, ex 20:1-17; 1 cor 1:22-25; jn 2:13-25 (year b)

Benedict XVI prays in front of the Shroud of Turin (CNS)

Imaging expert rejects claim shroud was used in a 14th-century re-enactment of the Resurrection

Pope Francis kisses child as he arrives for the general audience (CNS)

Pontiff encourages faithful to ‘kiss the wounds of Jesus’ and say a prayer of thanks

Third Sunday of Easter, Acts 5:27-32, 40-41; Ps 30; Rev 5:11-14; Jn 21:1-19 (Year C)