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Christians Around the World Observe Easter

Christians around the world Sunday are celebrating Easter - the holiest day of their calendar - marking the resurrection of Jesus that the faithful say took place three days after his crucifixion.

In Australia, on Melville Island in the Tiwi Islands group, worshippers observed Easter with a unique blend of indigenous culture and Catholic influences.

In the Philippines, President Benigno Aquino said, just as Jesus rose from the dead, hope has been resurrected among Filipinos against the forces of graft and corruption.

Iraqi Catholics are flocking to churches around the country to celebrate Easter amid tight security.

A large crowd has gathered in St. Peter's Square in anticipation of Pope Francis' first Easter Sunday Mass and his deliverance of the "Urbi and Orbi" speech - Latin for "To the City and the World."

U.S. President Barack Obama said in his weekly address that Easter observances that an opportunity "to rededicate ourselves to interests larger than our own."



All Easter celebrations are not strictly religious. Hundreds of New Yorkers are expected to participate in the annual Easter Parade that features the city's residents clothed in the best finery topped with elaborate millinery creations.

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