News Wrap: Passover, Easter and Ramadan celebrated in a rare religious convergence

In our news wrap Sunday, Judaism’s Passover, Christianity’s Easter and Islam’s holy month of Ramadan are all being celebrated this weekend in a rare religious convergence, 17 Palestinians were injured during ongoing clashes with Israeli police in Jerusalem’s Old City, three mass shootings took place across the U.S. in less than a day, and the Avian flu is detected in at least 27 states.

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  • Geoff Bennett:

    In today's headlines, a rare convergence, Judaism's Passover Christianity's Easter and Islam's holy month of Ramadan are all being celebrated this weekend.

    As we just reported thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square to celebrate Easter for the first time since the pandemic started. Pope Francis called for world peace, especially in the Middle East.

  • Pope Francis (through translator):

    May Israelis, Palestinians and all who dwell in the holy city, together with pilgrims experience the beauty of peace, dwell and fraternity and enjoy free access to the holy places in mutual respect for the rights of each.

  • Geoff Bennett:

    Meantime, tensions today in Jerusalem's old city after ongoing clashes between Palestinians and Israeli police left 17 Palestinians wounded. Israeli police entered the grounds of the Al Aqsa mosque to secure it for a group of Jewish visitors.

    Police claim a group of Palestinians at the contested holy site were waiting with stones and fireworks, at least two Palestinians were arrested.

    Now Palestinians accused Israelis of using excessive force on civilians and to view these police escorts as a provocation. Two days ago, at least 150 Palestinians were injured at the same site, clashing with Israeli police in riot gear.

    And back here at home three mass shootings across the country in less than a day. Overnight in Pittsburgh, two miners are dead, and at least eight others were injured when gunfire erupted during a large party at an Airbnb. Many of the partygoers were underage.

    And police say they're investigating eight separate crime scenes spanning several blocks, but no suspects are in custody. Today, Pittsburgh police chief Scott Schubert said the shooting should not have happened.

    Scott Schubert, Chief of Police, Pittsburgh: It's heartbreaking. We're here we are Easter and we have multiple families too that won't see a loved one. How can you even have a holiday when your child was involved in some something traumatic like this?

  • Geoff Bennett:

    And in Columbia, South Carolina and arrest has been made following a Saturday shooting at a crowded shopping mall. No one was killed but nine people were shot several critically. Five others were trampled as frightened shoppers fled the scene.

    Authorities say they believe the shooting was not a random attack. And there has been a second mass shooting in South Carolina this weekend. Gunfire at a club in Hampton County, which is west of Charleston, left at least nine people injured early this morning.

    And the U.S. Department of Agriculture says it is now detected cases of Avian flu and at least 27 states. The outbreak is primarily affecting animals, especially chickens, causing egg prices to soar. The cost of a dozen eggs has nearly tripled since late last year, according to the USDA.

    And still to come on "PBS News Weekend." Students at a school in rural New Mexico reflect on the war in Ukraine. And Jackie Robinson's legacy and baseball and beyond 75 years after his major league debut.

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