Joe Simonson, DCNF
NPR issued a correction on a story Friday about Pope Francis after it completely misstated Easter’s backstory.
The correction reads:
“An earlier version of this post incorrectly described Easter as ‘the day celebrating the idea that Jesus did not die and go to hell or purgatory or anywhere at all but rather arose into heaven.’”
The updated story simply reads: “Easter — the day Christians celebrate Jesus’ Resurrection — is on Sunday.”
Easter, considered one of the most important Christian holidays, is the recognition of Jesus’s resurrection from the dead and ascension to Heaven. One of the most crucial tenets of Christianity is the belief Jesus rose on the third day after his crucifixion — also known as Good Friday.
The fact Jesus came back to life, unlike NPR’s initial statement that he never actually died, is one of the most significant miracles in the New Testament.
As The Book of Luke reads:
“But at daybreak, on the first day of the week, they took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them.”
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