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Easter News

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.

Video: Filipinos reenact the Crucifixion on Good Friday

San Fernando - As the Christian world celebrates Good Friday, these Catholic zealots in the Philippines go much further, by reenacting the Crucifixion and the suffering of Jesus Christ.

Peeps survey pokes into the pleasure of holiday treats

The Peeps have spoken. Or at least those who filled out a survey did. They answered some timely questions about these treats.

Op-Ed: The Friday that was good in more ways than one

It always seemed a funny old day, Good Friday. Why, we kids wanted to know, was it thought so “good” when it marked such a horrible death?

White House says annual Easter Egg Roll won't be cancelled

Washington - As reports surfaced the White House's annual Easter Egg Roll was at risk of cancellation, the White House is saying the April 1 event won't be called off.

Easter, with a Greek flair Special

A week after most signs of Easter begin to fade, the celebrations have only yet begun for the Greeks. Although the bunny has hip hopped away for another year, Greek Easter, rooted with its own history and traditions, is also a major affair.

Video: Moscow, Russia celebrates Orthodox Easter

Moscow - Russia celebrated the Orthodox Easter holiday in a major event at the cathedral in Moscow today, together with festivities enjoyed by more than 30,000 Russian Orthodox churches worldwide.

Hoopla Festival, Sydney this Easter long weekend Special

Sydney - The 15th annual Hoopla Festival is taking place at Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia over the Easter long weekend. It is billed as “Australia’s premier circus, sideshow and street theatre festival."

Semana Santa - Easter holy week in southern Spain Special

Fuengirola - April 1 sees the start of Semana Santa, or Holy Week, in Spain. It includes a week of events with solemn parades and fascinating costumes parading through the Spanish streets.

Lazarus Saturday: A Cultural Gem From South East Cyprus Special

Larnaca - Later this month, the thriving town of Larnaca in Cyprus hosts its annual tribute to St. Lazarus, documented to be one of Jesus' closest friends: So who exactly is he? What does he mean to the Cypriot people? And how does one celebrate 'Lazarus Saturday'?

Op-Ed: Lent, Pagans, and the Cycles of Life

Sunnyside - Lent is a widely practiced time of reflection, repentance and renewal. Yet some Christians believe its observance is wrong.

Op-Ed: Obama the Muslim — Who cares?

There are 312 articles and blogs on Google News about President Obama attending church services on Easter. My question: why?

Op-Ed: Easter—Differences of belief yet honoring the man known as Jesus

Watching the signs of life at sunrise, one feels moved by the day, a time some Christians celebrate Easter while others consider the value of life itself as they would any other time. So what are the differences of belief and practices about Easter?

Peter Cottontail songwriter honored by WV Music Hall of Fame

Charleston - West Virginia musician and songwriter Jack Rollins, who penned the well-known Easter holiday song, Here Comes Peter Cottontail, along with other favorites including, Frosty the Snowman and Smokey the Bear, will be inducted into the WV Music Hall of Fame.

Egg coloring for the Easter holiday proves to be serious business Special

On a rainy Saturday afternoon an age-old Easter egg coloring tradition proves to be artsy and complex and proves also to be a serious business, with new decorating arrays for a variety of tastes and interests.
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The  Street Performers Pitch  at the Hoopla Festival  Darling Harbour  Sydney  Australia.
The 'Street Performers Pitch' at the Hoopla Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia.
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Easter eggs being dyed
Easter eggs being dyed
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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.
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Children Playing Hop-Scotch.
Children Playing Hop-Scotch.
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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.
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Easter eggs being dyed
Easter eggs being dyed
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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
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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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Hoopla Festival  Darling Harbour  Sydney  Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Hoopla Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
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Easter eggs being dyed
Easter eggs being dyed
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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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Hoopla Festival  Darling Harbour  Sydney  Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Hoopla Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
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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.
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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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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.
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Brother and sister team coloring eggs for Easter
Brother and sister team coloring eggs for Easter
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Scenes of Semana Santa in Fuengirola  Spain
Scenes of Semana Santa in Fuengirola, Spain
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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.
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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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Hoopla Festival  Darling Harbour  Sydney  Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
Hoopla Festival, Darling Harbour, Sydney, Australia. Easter long weekend 2012.
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