Easter Hope Should “spur us on to show compassion, solidarity” to the Needy: Catholic Bishop in Mauritius

Bishop Jean Michaël Durhône of the Catholic Diocese of Port Louis in Mauritius. Credit: Catholic Diocese of Port Louis

Bishop Jean Michaël Durhône of the Catholic Diocese of Port Louis in Mauritius has urged the people of God in his Episcopal See to foster the virtue of compassion and ensure fraternity with each other, inspired by the hope that characterizes the Easter Season.

In his Easter 2024 Message issued Sunday, March 31, Bishop Durhône highlights the link between Easter and hope, saying, “At Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and with the resurrection hope is reborn.”

“Together with you, I pray that this hope which dwells within us will spur us on to show compassion and solidarity towards our brothers and sisters in need,” the Local Ordinary of Port Louis says.

May the Easter hope, he further says, “enable us to commit ourselves to building a Mauritius that is fairer, more united and more fraternal.”

The Mauritian Catholic Church leader, who was Consecrated Bishop of Port Louis Diocese in August last year acknowledges with appreciation the different ways the Lenten season was lived in the Indian Ocean Island nation.


“We Mauritians are rich in cultural and religious diversity, and our respective seasons of Lent and fasting have enabled us to purify ourselves and take the time to re-examine our lives in the light of our faith,” he says.

During the Lenten Season, Bishop Durhône recalls, “we have been more assiduous in listening to the Word of God, which calls us to service, sharing and forgiveness.”

“With our Mauritian brothers and sisters of other denominations, we experienced a Lent marked by sadness, with the deaths of six young Indian pilgrims,” he says, recalling the March 3 event that affected pilgrims to Grand-Bassin for the Maha Shivaratri pilgrimage, when a statue of the Trikaal Sena group, in Triolet, Arsenal struck a high-voltage power line.

The 50-year-old Mauritian Catholic Bishop also recalls, as unfortunate, the challenges the people of God are going through, including violent conflicts, persecution, “family members are sometimes separated by deportation, and others see their loved ones die.”

“It's hard not to think of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where children, young people and adults are the victims of so much violence,” Bishop Durhône laments.

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Sometimes, he continues, “natural disasters put many families in a situation of great insecurity and suffering.”

 In the face of such suffering, the Catholic Church leader says, “We are called, beyond religious denomination, to compassion, solidarity and generosity with our suffering human brothers and sisters.”

“Through his son Jesus Christ, who died on a cross out of love for us and rose again, God shows us a path of hope, proving that good triumphs over evil, light over darkness, and that love is stronger than hate and life stronger than death,” Bishop Durhône says.

Jude Atemanke is a Cameroonian journalist with a passion for Catholic Church communication. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Buea in Cameroon. Currently, Jude serves as a journalist for ACI Africa.