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.

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

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There had been renewed concern about his health when he did not participate in a Good Friday procession

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

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

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Children dressed as angels were seen praying ahead of the night-time celebrations in Metro Manila

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In Nairobi's Kiberia district, in Fort Jesus worshippers young and old joined together to light candles

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

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Meanwhile, in Iraq a young child leans forward to kiss a cross during celebrations

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

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