VATICAN CITY, April 12 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI said Sunday at an Easter mass at the Vatican that the Roman Catholic Church uses symbols to explain Jesus Christ's resurrection.
Benedict lit a single candle in the dark while celebrating the first mass of Easter at St. Peter's Basilica to symbolize Christ's resurrection and the power of God, the BBC reported.
Following the pope's example, thousands of pilgrims in attendance lit their candles in recognition of their religious beliefs.
Benedict, 81, also baptized five adults, including three Italian residents, a Chinese national and a U.S. national.
The pontiff also was to hold his traditional open-air Easter mass at St. Peter's Sunday and was to address the recent deadly earthquake in Italy, the British network said.
Last week's quake in central Italy left tens of thousands of people homeless and scores dead.