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Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre

Jerusalem - Hundreds of pilgrims filed into Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre -- believed to be the site of Jesus's resurrection -- for Easter celebrations on Sunday.

Filipinos celebrate Easter with crucifixion, flogging

San Fernando - Filipino zealots marked Good Friday with a bloody display of religious frenzy by having themselves nailed to crosses and whipping their backs raw in Asia's bastion of Catholicism.

Filipinos celebrate Easter with crucifixion, flogging

San Fernando - Filipino zealots marked Good Friday with a bloody display of religious frenzy by having themselves nailed to crosses and whipping their backs raw in Asia's bastion of Catholicism.

Pope washes prisoners' feet in Holy Week ritual

Rome - Pope Francis washed prisoners' feet at a Rome jail on Thursday, including two Muslims, an Orthodox Christian and a Buddhist, once again choosing to celebrate Holy Thursday among Italy's incarcerated.

Pope washes prisoners' feet in Easter ritual

Rome - Pope Francis washed prisoners' feet at a Rome jail on Thursday, including two Muslims, an Orthodox Christian and a Buddhist, once again choosing to celebrate Holy Thursday among Italy's incarcerated.

Iraqi Christians mark first post-IS Easter in recaptured town

Al Hamdaniyah - Qaraqosh is quiet except for a church bell ringing as Iraqi Christians gather for the first Easter mass since the town was retaken from the Islamic State jihadist group.

Review: Big Shot plays Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall for Easter weekend Special

Wantagh - On April 15, acclaimed tribute band Big Shot performed at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall, just in time for the Easter holiday weekend.

Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem site of Jesus's resurrection

Jerusalem - Thousands of Christians marked Jesus's resurrection on Easter Sunday at the Jerusalem site where they believe the miracle occurred, with some prostrating themselves over his tomb and leaving in tears.

Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem site of Jesus's resurrection

Jerusalem - Thousands of Christians marked Jesus's resurrection on Easter Sunday at the Jerusalem site where they believe the miracle occurred, with some prostrating themselves over his tomb and leaving in tears.

Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem site of Jesus's resurrection

Jerusalem - Thousands of Christians marked Jesus's resurrection on Easter Sunday at the Jerusalem site where they believe the miracle occurred, with some prostrating themselves over his tomb and leaving in tears.

Pope urges end to Syria 'horror' in Easter address

Vatican City - Pope Francis urged an end to "horror and death" in Syria and implored God to bring peace to the Middle East as he delivered the traditional Easter Day mass in Rome on Sunday.

Review: Plunge rocks out Mulcahy's just in time for Easter weekend Special

Wantagh - On April 14, 90's band Plunge performed at Mulcahy's Pub and Concert Hall on Long Island, just in time for Easter weekend.

Security tight as Egypt Copts prepare for Easter mass

Cairo - Egypt tightened security outside churches as Coptic Christians prepared for a subdued Easter mass on Saturday days after suicide bombers killed scores of people in two churches north of the capital.

Pope blasts migrant suffering in Easter prayer

Rome - Pope Francis deplored the suffering of migrants, victims of racism and persecuted Christians as some 20,000 worshippers gathered at Rome's Colosseum to hear his Good Friday prayer.

Troublemakers spark panic at Seville's Good Friday event

Madrid - Troublemakers sparked panic sparked at Seville's nighttime Good Friday processions, famed for their religious floats, hooded penitents and crowds of spectators, seriously injuring one person, Spanish authorities said.

Egyptian family to carry cross in Easter pope ritual

Rome - An Egyptian family will carry the cross at an Easter procession attended by Pope Francis Friday, with tens of thousands of faithful expected to hold candles aloft in prayer at Rome's Colosseum.

Outbreak of panic mars Spanish Good Friday processions

Madrid - An outbreak of panic sparked by troublemakers caused mayhem in Seville's nightime Good Friday processions, famed for their religious floats, hooded penitents and hordes of spectators, seriously injuring one person, Spanish authorities said Friday.

Egypt Copts mark solemn Good Friday

Cairo - Egyptian Copts observed a solemn Good Friday with prayers and fasting, as the community reeled from two church bombings that killed dozens on Palm Sunday.

Pope washes feet of mafia snitches in Easter ritual

Vatican City - Pope Francis washed the feet of former mafiosi on Thursday in a prison known for housing inmates who have informed on old mobster allies.

Ancient sacred art resurrected in city of Jesus' birth

Bethlehem - Down a Bethlehem alleyway, sunlight illuminates a golden icon of the Virgin Mary and Jesus, signalling the revival of an ancient art being practised in the workshop inside.

Egypt Church curtails Easter celebrations after bombings

Cairo - Egypt's Coptic Church announced on Wednesday that it would cut back Easter celebrations to a simple mass after twin bombings killed 45 worshippers last weekend.

British PM wades into Easter egg row

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May waded into a row Tuesday over the commercialisation of Easter, after the Church of England accused a major charity of "airbrushing faith" from its chocolate egg hunts.

Trump effigy set ablaze in Mexico Easter ritual

- An effigy of US presidential contender Donald Trump -- a hated figure for many in Mexico -- was set ablaze in a contemporary twist on a Holy Week ritual.

Philippine crucifixions a big money spinner

San Pedro - The men being nailed to crosses in a Philippine village were seeking salvation, but for corporate sponsors and small-time vendors the Good Friday event was all about quick riches.

Pope slams Europe over migrants, denounces paedophile priests

Rome - Pope Francis decried what he called Europe's "indifferent and anaesthetised conscience" over migrants, during Good Friday prayers in Rome during which he also slammed paedophile priests, arms dealers and fundamentalists.

Christians mark Good Friday with Jerusalem procession

Jerusalem - Palestinian Christians and foreign pilgrims marked Good Friday with a procession through Jerusalem's cobbled Old City on Friday amid increased security measures during an ongoing wave of violence.

Philippines marks Easter with crucifixions

San Juan - Christian devotees were nailed to crosses in the Philippines on Friday as Asia's Catholic heartland marked Easter with an extreme display of faith.

Pope washes asylum seekers' feet in Easter ritual

Castelnuovo Di Porto - Pope Francis washed the feet of 11 young asylum seekers and a worker at their reception centre on Thursday to highlight the need for the international community to provide shelter to refugees.

Pope to wash asylum seekers' feet in Easter ritual

Vatican City - Pope Francis will wash the feet of 12 young asylum seekers to highlight the need for the international community to provide shelter to refugees, the Vatican said Tuesday.

Op-Ed: Pesach and Easter in a torn world — In praise of Faith

New York - Like us all, every religious and spiritual tradition has its most beautiful part. Every religion and faith has parts that feel like young love, that part of the greater story that has no shadow, no shame, nor apology.
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Children worked with volunteers to pot small plants they could take home with them.
Children worked with volunteers to pot small plants they could take home with them.
Easter eggs being dyed
Easter eggs being dyed
Hoopla Festival  Darling Harbour  Sydney  Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Hoopla Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Hoopla Festival  Darling Harbour  Sydney  Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Hoopla Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
The annual Easter Parade and Spring time celebration on Union Street in San Francisco s Marina and C...
The annual Easter Parade and Spring time celebration on Union Street in San Francisco's Marina and Cow Hollow Districts gives these ladies an opportunity to wear their most colorful hats of the season.
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Children Playing Hop-Scotch.
Children Playing Hop-Scotch.
Hoopla Festival  Darling Harbour  Sydney  Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Hoopla Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Hoopla Festival  Darling Harbour  Sydney  Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Hoopla Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Easter eggs being dyed
Easter eggs being dyed
Scenes of Semana Santa in Fuengirola  Spain
Scenes of Semana Santa in Fuengirola, Spain
Semana Santa in Fuengirola  Spain
Semana Santa in Fuengirola, Spain
Easter eggs being dyed
Easter eggs being dyed
Hoopla Festival  Darling Harbour  Sydney  Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Hoopla Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Scenes of Semana Santa in Fuengirola  Spain
Scenes of Semana Santa in Fuengirola, Spain
The statue of the Virgin fell during a Maundy Thursday parade in San Vicente del Raspeig  Spain.
The statue of the Virgin fell during a Maundy Thursday parade in San Vicente del Raspeig, Spain.
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Hoopla Festival  Darling Harbour  Sydney  Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Hoopla Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Willows Farm decorated for Easter
Willows Farm decorated for Easter
Hoopla Festival  Darling Harbour  Sydney  Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Hoopla Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
The  Easter Egg Hunt Cake  will be one of the speciality items featured for the upcoming Easter Menu...
The "Easter Egg Hunt Cake" will be one of the speciality items featured for the upcoming Easter Menu for this spring season of 2014.
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Hoopla Festival  Darling Harbour  Sydney  Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Hoopla Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.

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