(RNS) — If you are a news junkie, like me, it is easy to despair.

An assault on the Capitol. Mass shootings. Violence targeting racial minorities. Police violence. Another uptick in COVID cases. Tornadoes and flooding in the South. Renters evicted from their homes. Gridlock on Capitol Hill. More politicians and religious leaders accused of sexual assault.

That’s just the domestic troubles. There is continued fighting and deaths in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Soldiers shooting demonstrators in Myanmar. Financial scandals in the Vatican. Human rights advocates imprisoned in Hong Kong and China. Disinformation in social media. Immigrants and refugees trying to find a safe home for their families. And climate change continues.

Wearing a face mask, a woman a cross during Holy Week commemorations in Caracas, Venezuela, on April 8, 2020. (Ariana Cubillos/Associated Press)

It’s enough to make you wish that you gave up news for Lent. It’s enough to make you binge on Netflix and other streaming services.

Read the full article here: https://wordandway.org/2021/03/31/despair-hope-in-holy-week/

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