Religion news for the week (April 14-21):
- A Cambrige, Mass., pastor welcomed homeless men and women to share in his Easter service, which he held outside at Porter Square. He hoped that people who feel less comfortable in a traditional environment would ease into an outdoor space and feel at ease. Rev. Thomas Hathaway holds a nondenominational service, called the Outdoor Church, every Sunday at 9 a.m. at Porter Square T Station.
- Easter morning in Nigera was one of mourning — for the at least 75 deaths from bomb blasts and 86 schoolgirls who were abducted last week. A Nigerian terrorist network, Boko Haram, was responsible for the rush-hour explosion at a bus station in Abuja last week. They claimed responsibility Saturday and the threat of more attacks still stands.
- Pope Francis delivered his annual Easter address. He called for world peace, especially in volatile places like Syria, Ukraine, the Middle East and Nigeria. The Urbi et Orbi, which is Latin for “to the city and the world,” message was delivered from the central balcony of the basilica where he first appeared after his election a year ago.