SERMONS

Earthquake Overshadows Easter

With Italy still recovering from a devastating earthquake that sent tremors all the way to Rome, the pope's Easter Sunday sermon focused on tests of faith and strength through trying times. In a moment that exemplified the spiritual burden on the shoulders of many who have suffered, Pope Benedict stumbled as he ascended steps to deliver the sermon. His attendants quickly rushed to his aid, but the pope recovered and went ahead with the ceremony. The pope has kept busy in the last two days, and the Associated Press described him as seeming "tired and hoarse during the solemn three-hour-long Easter Vigil service Saturday, but...well-rested by Sunday morning."