Christians Celebrate Easter Sunday in Jerusalem

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, the highest-ranking Roman Catholic representative in the Holy Land, led morning Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

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In Jerusalem, Christian pilgrims from around the globe were marking Easter Sunday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus on the third day after his crucifixion.

Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, the highest-ranking Roman Catholic representative in the Holy Land, was scheduled to lead the morning Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in the Christian Quarter of the walled, historic Old City of Jerusalem.

Roman Emperor Constantine the Great ordered the construction of the basilica on the site believed to be Golgotha. An important pilgrimage destination for hundreds of years, it is considered to mark where Jesus was crucified and rose from the dead, and as such is the holiest Christian site in the world.

Hundreds attended the Easter Vigil service in the church Saturday evening.

Christian worshippers carry a cross towards the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, during the Good Friday procession.Credit: AP
Pope Francis, center, kisses the main altar as he leads the Easter mass in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican March 31, 2013.Credit: Reuters
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Members of the Catholic clergy hold an effigy of Jesus Christ as they take part in a procession during the Funeral ceremony in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City.Credit: Reuters
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A Christian pilgrim dressed as Jesus Christ is attached to a cross during a reenactment of the crucifixion during a Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's Old City, Friday, March 29, 2013. Credit: AP
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Members of the Catholic clergy hold candles as they take part in a procession during the Funeral ceremony in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City during Holy Week March 29, 2013.Credit: Reuters