Striking pictures from Easter celebrations around the world

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Ceremonies have been taking place across the world to mark the most important festival in the Christian calendar – Easter.

Jesus was resurrected on Easter Sunday, the Bible says, days after dying on the cross on Good Friday. It is traditional for many to attend services on Saturday evening.

The Pope looks at a candle during the Easter Vigil

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Pope Francis presides over the Easter Vigil in St Peter's Basilica

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Clergymen attend the Holy Mass to Easter Vigil

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Crowds gather on stairs for a traditional procession in the Philippines

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Children dressed as angels pray ahead of the procession

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In Fort Jesus, Kenya worshippers young and old joined together to light candles

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Priests led the service in Nairobi next to a fire outside the church

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A worshipper kisses a cross during an Easter vigil service at the Grand Immaculate Church in Al-Hamdaniya, Iraq

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Easter service in Prague

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