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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.

Burning Judas: Easter tradition gets political

- During Holy Week in Mexico there are always processions and prayers, traditionally observed by worshipers across the country. But lesser-known traditions also persist, such as burning Judas figures as a means of overcoming evil.

Pope hails Iran accord, urges end to 'absurd violence' in Easter message

- Pope Francis appealed Sunday for an end to what he called "absurd violence" around the world and called on the international community to stop the "immense humanitarian tragedy" in Syria and Iraq.

Pope demands action on 'humanitarian tragedy' in Syria and Iraq

- Pope Francis used his Easter address Sunday to urge the international community not stand by in the face of the "immense humanitarian tragedy" in Syria and Iraq.

Christians celebrate Easter's empty tomb in Jerusalem

Jerusalem - The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem urged Christians to stand firm in the face of tragedy, as worshippers massed for Easter Sunday at the site where they believe Jesus rose from the dead.

Pope condemns indifference to jihadist atrocities against Christians

- Pope Francis condemned indifference and "complicit silence" to jihadist attacks on Christians as he presided over Easter ceremonies in the wake of a massacre of nearly 150 people at a Kenyan university by Shebab Islamists.The leader of the world's 1.
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Cadbury Creme Eggs
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Brother and sister team coloring eggs for Easter
Brother and sister team coloring eggs for Easter
Chefs at The Savoy making a range of chocolate goodies  including Easter eggs
Chefs at The Savoy making a range of chocolate goodies, including Easter eggs
Semana Santa in Fuengirola  Spain
Semana Santa in Fuengirola, Spain
Mrs. Rabbit  Peter s mother reading to a group of children and their parents.
Mrs. Rabbit, Peter's mother reading to a group of children and their parents.
Saturday March 27  2010 was the  Peter Rabbit s Garden Adventure  at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gard...
Saturday March 27, 2010 was the "Peter Rabbit's Garden Adventure" at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina.
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
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.
Courtesy of Crisp Bakeshop, Sonoma, CA
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
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.
The  Street Performers Pitch  at the Hoopla Festival  Darling Harbour  Sydney  Australia.
The 'Street Performers Pitch' at the Hoopla Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia.
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.
Saturday March 27  2010 was the  Peter Rabbit s Garden Adventure  at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gard...
Saturday March 27, 2010 was the "Peter Rabbit's Garden Adventure" at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina.
Saturday March 27  2010 was the  Peter Rabbit s Garden Adventure  at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gard...
Saturday March 27, 2010 was the "Peter Rabbit's Garden Adventure" at the Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden in Belmont, North Carolina.
Mrs. Rabbit touring the grounds at the DSBG in between her readings of the story about her son.
Mrs. Rabbit touring the grounds at the DSBG in between her readings of the story about her son.
Willows Farm decorated for Easter
Willows Farm decorated for Easter

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