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Christians in Holy Land, across world celebrate Easter

Thousands of pilgrims celebrate Easter in the Holy Land as Christians worldwide celebrate

Faithful wait in the rain for Pope Francis' arrival to the Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 5, 2015.  (AP Photo/Alessan...
Faithful wait in the rain for Pope Francis' arrival to the Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 5, 2015.  (AP Photo/Alessan...
A Filipino baby plays on a bike as people hit swim in the polluted waters of Manila's bay, Philippines as they celebrate Easter Sunday April 5, 2015. ...
Filipinos swim in the polluted waters of Manila's bay, Philippines as they celebrate Easter Sunday April 5, 2015. Despite a city-imposed swimming ban,...
Christians light candles during Easter service in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, April 5, 2015. Christians across the world are celebrating Easter, commem...

Vatican Pope Easter

Faithful wait in the rain for Pope Francis' arrival to the Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessan...

Vatican Pope Easter

Faithful wait in the rain for Pope Francis' arrival to the Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Sunday, April 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Alessan...

Philippines Easter Sunday

A Filipino baby plays on a bike as people hit swim in the polluted waters of Manila's bay, Philippines as they celebrate Easter Sunday April 5, 2015. ...

Philippines Easter Sunday

Filipinos swim in the polluted waters of Manila's bay, Philippines as they celebrate Easter Sunday April 5, 2015. Despite a city-imposed swimming ban,...

Pakistan Easter

Christians light candles during Easter service in Karachi, Pakistan, Sunday, April 5, 2015. Christians across the world are celebrating Easter, commem...

Christians in the Holy Land and across the world are celebrating Easter, commemorating the day followers believe Jesus was resurrected in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago.

The cavernous Holy Sepulcher church in Jerusalem was packed with worshippers on Sunday. The site is where Christians believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected.

A Mass is expected later in Bethlehem's Nativity Church, built atop the site where Christians believe Jesus was born.

Catholics and others are celebrating Easter whereas Orthodox Christians, who follow a different calendar, were marking Palm Sunday with processions.

At the Vatican, Pope Francis presided over a solemn vigil service Saturday night. In his homily, Francis said the Easter mystery requires the faithful to seek an answer "to the questions which challenge our faith, our fidelity, and our very existence."


Updated : 2021-09-21 13:09 GMT+08:00