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Bishop William D. Byrne on Easter: "Although we are not back to normal yet, with the Risen Jesus we can get back to better every day.”

SPRINGFIELD — The leader of the Springfield Roman Catholic Diocese, Bishop William D. Byrne, issued this Easter message:

“The Catholic community of western Massachusetts celebrates this Easter with great joy. The Resurrection is the cause for our hope because Jesus's empty tomb teaches us the love will always conquer hate, life will always overcome death. Although we are not back to normal yet, with the Risen Jesus we can get back to better every day.”

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Larry Parnass joined The Eagle in 2016 from the Daily Hampshire Gazette, where he was editor in chief. His freelance work has appeared in the Washington Post, Boston Globe, Hartford Courant, CommonWealth Magazine and with the Reuters news service.