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Christians Celebrate Easter

Christians around the world Sunday celebrate Easter - the day they belive Jesus resurrected from the dead. It is the holiest day of the Christian calendar.

Pope Francis celebrated Easter Mass as thousands of the faithful gathered in Saint Peter's Square.

British royalty - the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge - attended Easter service in Australia at Saint Andrew's Anglican cathedral in Sydney.

Before they left, William and Kate signed the First Fleet Bible, a King James edition the first fleet of European settlers and convicts brought to Australia in 1788.

The Bible had been previously signed by Queen Elizabeth, Prince Charles and Princess Diana.

At an Orthodox Christian Easter service in troubled Ukraine, which is locked in conflict with Russia, Kyiv Patriarch Filaret called Russia an "enemy" whose attack on Ukraine is doomed to fail.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev attended a Russian Orthodox Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow where Patriarch Kirill led prayers for Russians in Ukraine and called for an "end to the designs of those who want to destroy Holy Russia."



Worshippers gathered Saturday night in Bethlehem for the traditional Easter vigil at the Church of Saint Catherine, adjacent to the Nativity Church.

Nativity is one of the most visited shrines of Christianity and stands above the grotto where many Christians believe Jesus was born.

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