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Easter: The world of Christians, Pope Francis celebrate Easter Sunday

Easter is being celebrated by Christians throughout the world. As over 2 billion people celebrate Easter on Sunday, April 20, the religious world throughout the planet see the Western and Eastern churches’ calendars coincide in 2014. The global message is filled with the Christians’ celebrating of hope, according to a Fox News report on Sunday morning. The hopeful news encompasses the godly message for Christians that death has been exceeded by life as Jesus Christ’s resurrection following his crucifixion is celebrated.

Pope Francis holds Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square on April 20, 2014 in Vatican City, Vatican. Pope Francis is attending the Holy Week for his second time as a Pontiff.
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On the annual occasion of Easter Sunday, Pope Francis delivered his second Easter mass, as he is now in his second year of leading the Roman Catholic Church which has 1.2 billion members. On Sunday, in the Vatican, Pope Francis spoke under excellent weather conditions including sunny skies. The event included a tremendous presentation of flowers throughout the St. Peter’s Square, according to an NBC News report on Sunday.

An estimated crowd of more than 100,000 people filled and overflowed the area on Sunday. Additionally, there were reportedly many more tourists and Romans still headed for the area to additionally crunch the crowd of the faithful Christians. On Saturday evening, Pope Francis spoke in St. Peter’s Basilica which is the largest church in all of Christendom. At that gathering, the Pope delivered a solemn Mass with an estimated 10,000 people at the church.

Per tradition, the Pope kept the Easter vigil of baptism. The 77-year-old pope baptized 10 people. Eight of those baptized are between the ages of 34 and 58 and three of them are young boys. The three boys were Italian while the adults are from Belarus, France, Lebanon, Senegal, and Vietnam, as well as from Italy.

The huge basilica was entrenched in darkness at the beginning of the service as to symbolize the darkness in Jesus’ tomb between his death and resurrection. Those present held lit candles as the Pope entered via the main aisle. Then, the lights in the basilica shone brightly to signify the end of the Christian’s Lent season. Lent began on Ash Wednesday which was on March 5 this year. At that point of time, the darkness and Lent ended and the lights blazed to signify Jesus Christ’s resurrection.

Pope Francis’ Easter message involved the Biblical story of the time of Christ’s resurrection. He spoke of the women whose faith was shaken when they had found Jesus’ tomb empty. But then, he spoke as to how incredible it was for the women to realize that Jesus had been resurrected. It is the message that is being told throughout the world on Easter Sunday 2014.

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