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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.

Pope leads prayers for persecuted Christians on Good Friday

Rome - The Pope led Catholics in prayer for persecuted Christians around the world at a Good Friday service in Rome, a day after 148 students and security officers were massacred by Shebab Islamists in Kenya.

Young girls find live ammo in German Easter bonfire

Twistringen - Two 12-year-old German girls foiled a potential disaster over the Easter weekend by finding a branch containing live ammunition in the pile of wood to be used for a celebration bonfire.

Spanish Easter parade fail as statue falls from float (Video)

San Vicente Del Raspeig - Semana Santa (or saint week) in Spain sees a round of Easter celebrations. Several parades are held, including this Maundy Thursday parade in San Vicente del Raspeig. Turns out float bearers got a little overenthusiastic with their duties.

Man assaults girlfriend with Easter eggs and gets arrested

A man is facing an aggravated assault charge after he assaulted his girlfriend with Easter eggs on Sunday. The incident happened while they were dyeing the eggs together.

Pope pleads for peace in Ukraine, Syria

- Pope Francis prayed for peace in Ukraine and Syria in an Easter Sunday address before 150,000 faithful in which he also condemned the "neglect and dire poverty" behind the spread of the deadly Ebola virus in Africa.

Anglican leader praises persecuted Christians in Easter sermon

London - Justin Welby, the leader of the world's Anglicans, was to praise the resilience of persecuted Christian minorities around the world in his Easter sermon on Sunday.

Pope makes call to spread faith at Easter vigil

- Pope Francis on Saturday called on Catholics to bring the message of God "to the very ends of the earth" during an Easter vigil mass in St Peter's Basilica.

Easter pain, revival not just symbolic to crisis-hit Greeks

Athens - Trials, suffering, resurrection: the essence of Easter has a special ring to Greeks as the country hopes to pull through a painful six-year recession.

Historic mass in Turkish-held north Cyprus 'like a miracle'

- With a nighttime procession lit by the glimmer of devotional candles and the flash of smartphone cameras, a church in Turkish-held northern Cyprus hosted its first Easter mass in nearly 60 years.

Social prayers at Pope Francis ceremony for Good Friday

Rome - Pope Francis attended an emotional night of prayers for hot-button social issues including domestic abuse, prison overcrowding and unemployment to mark the Good Friday before Easter.

Dane joins in Philippines' bloody Easter crucifixions

- A Danish man joined eight Filipinos in re-enacting the death of Jesus Christ Friday by being nailed to crosses in a bloody annual Easter spectacle in the Philippines before thousands of surprised onlookers.

Review: ‘Heaven is for Real’ isn’t a spiritual awakening Special

‘Heaven is for Real’ is about a small-town preacher whose son visits heaven and the numerous questions that arise from his experience.

Pope kicks off Easter week with Palm Sunday mass

- Pope Francis kicked off weeklong observances leading up to Easter by celebrating Palm Sunday mass with some 100,000 pilgrims in a sun-drenched St Peter's Square on Sunday.

Op-Ed: The 'biggest little parade' in San Francisco is on Union Street Special

San Francisco - As the 163 annual St. Patrick's Day parade here in the City is winding down, another parade to usher in spring time is on its way.

Fires rage across Scottish highlands

Fort William - Firefighters have spent the Easter weekend battling a number of fires in the Scottish highlands. It is believed some of the fires may have been started deliberately.

Melanie Griffith appeared in 2013 Málaga 'Semana Santa' parade

Looking back on this year's Semana Santa (Holy Week) celebrations in Málaga, Spain, it turns out that a famous Hollywood actor and actress duo were involved in the processions. Antonio Banderas and his wife, Melanie Griffith were there with the family.

Review: 'The Carpenter's Miracle' premieres on GMC TV Special

On March 30, the original film “The Carpenter’s Miracle,” starring Emmy-nominated actor Cameron Mathison, was televised on GMC TV, in an effort to kick off the Easter holiday weekend.
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Brother and sister team coloring eggs for Easter
Brother and sister team coloring eggs for Easter
Easter eggs being dyed
Easter eggs being dyed
Scenes of Semana Santa in Fuengirola  Spain
Scenes of Semana Santa in Fuengirola, Spain
Scenes of Semana Santa in Fuengirola  Spain
Scenes of Semana Santa in Fuengirola, Spain
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.
Steven Restivo, event services, LLC
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.
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
Last year families were pleased that there were lots of games and activities just for kids; such as ...
Last year families were pleased that there were lots of games and activities just for kids; such as this horse round up ride provided by Radio Disney Road Crew.
Steven Restivo, event services, LLC
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.
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.
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.
Each year Union Street gets all dressed up for Easter and Spring with its annual Union Street Easter...
Each year Union Street gets all dressed up for Easter and Spring with its annual Union Street Easter Parade and Springtime celebration.
Steven Restivo, event services, LLC