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In pictures: Christians celebrate Easter around the world

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image captionPope Francis led the Easter Mass at St Peter's Square in Vatican City on Easter Sunday - Christianity's holiest day.
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image captionThe colourful Swiss Guards waited in front of St Peter's Basilica for the arrival of the Pope.
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image captionThe traditional Easter Sunday dip in Manila Bay went ahead despite government health warnings about the polluted waters.
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image captionPakistani Christians attended an Easter Vigil Mass at the Sacred Heart Church in Lahore.
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image captionIndian Christian devotees presented coloured Easter Eggs with a Christian Cross symbol in Bangalore.
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image captionCatholics gathered after sunset in the village of Ragotna, Belarus, to kindle an Easter fire. The fire is traditionally used to light a holy candle that the priest carries ceremonially into the darkened church.
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image captionPope Francis led a service in the Vatican on Saturday, in the majestic confines of Saint Peter's Basilica.
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image captionThe pontiff also baptised a man during the service. Holy Saturday is a popular day for welcoming new members into the Christian faith.
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image captionThe bunny's been busy! In Torrance, California, children took part in a giant Easter egg hunt with more than 75,000 eggs
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image captionBut in Feuerthalen, Switzerland, it was all about egg painting. For Christians, the eggs are a symbol of the resurrection of Jesus.
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image captionThese Chinese Catholics in Shanghai were snapped waiting beneath pictures of Pope John Paul II and the Virgin Mary.
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image captionThis crowd is made up of priests on a pilgrimage in Bucharest, Romania, ahead of Orthodox Palm Sunday. Many Orthodox churches base their Easter date on the Julian calendar, not the Gregorian calendar used by Western countries. This year, Orthodox Easter Sunday will fall on 8 April.

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