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Easter Celebrations Around the World

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Pope Francis reassured followers about his health by participating in a lengthy Easter vigil at the Vatican, following concerns after missing a Good Friday ceremony. Meanwhile, Easter celebrations unfolded around the world, from devotees crowding a staircase in the Philippines to witness a procession, to children dressed as angels preparing for nighttime services, and a priest administering Holy Communion in Sri Lanka.

(Photos: BBC)

 A day after pulling out of a ceremony at short notice, Pope Francis took part in a two-hour vigil at the Vatican.

A day after pulling out of a ceremony at short notice, Pope Francis took part in a two-hour vigil at the Vatican.

He read a lengthy homily and carried out a number of baptisms ahead of his Easter message on Sunday morning.

He read a lengthy homily and carried out a number of baptisms ahead of his Easter message on Sunday morning.

Priests there led the service by lighting fires outside of the church before moving inside.

Priests there led the service by lighting fires outside of the church before moving inside.

In the Philippines, worshippers crowded along a staircase to get a glimpse of the traditional procession.

In the Philippines, worshippers crowded along a staircase to get a glimpse of the traditional procession.

 

Back in Europe, Easter services were held at Prague Castle to commemorate the life of Jesus Christ.

Back in Europe, Easter services were held at Prague Castle to commemorate the life of Jesus Christ.

 A Catholic priest gives the Holy communion to a Christian devotee at St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya, Sri Lanka.

A Catholic priest gives the Holy communion to a Christian devotee at St. Sebastian’s Church in Katuwapitiya, Sri Lanka.

 

 

 

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