Cardinal Timothy Dolan

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Christians Observe Good Friday As Jews Mark The Start Of Passover

April 19, 2019 - 9:31 am

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) Holy Week comes to an end as millions of Christians around the world mark Good Friday, the day of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion.

It's the most somber day on the Christian calendar, traditionally a day of fasting and penance.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan is looking at this Holy Week through the lens of the devastating fire at Notre Dame Cathedral.

"Let's look at what good God can bring out of this evil. And I think what He's doing is giving the world a reminder of the message of Holy Week. And, by the way, the lesson of Passover, mainly that God is in the business of bringing life from death, hope from despair, faith from doubt, good from evil," Dolan said.

He added that, on Good Friday, it seemed that evil, hatred, death and Satan had the last word, but by Eastern Sunday, they were on the run.

Meanwhile, the Jewish holiday of Passover begins at sundown Friday night.

The eight-day holiday commemorates the Israelites’ escape from Egyptian slavery more than 3,000 years ago.

During the first two nights, families gather for a Passover Seder, a ritual feast.