Moments from Easter weekend celebrations (31 images)

Flowers and wooden crosses are among the markers of Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as Christians celebrate the weekend of March 30-April 1, 2018.
Updated: April 2, 2018 at 9:01 AM
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Pope Francis delivers the "Urbi et Orbi" blessing to the city and to the world from the balcony of St. Peter's basilica after the Easter Sunday mass at the Vatican. Thousands submitted to heavy security checks to hear the pontiff speak. Photo by Stefano Spaziani/UPI
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Francis tweeted on Sunday, "Today we repeat that wondrous proclamation: 'The Lord is truly risen, as He said!' A Blessed Easter to you all!" Photo by Stefano Spaziani/UPI
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Francis called for world peace, citing the need to end the conflict in Syria, the Middle East and on the Korean Peninsula. Photo by Stefano Spaziani/UPI
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Francis also mentioned the hunger and terrorism in Africa and the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Photo by Stefano Spaziani/UPI
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Francis said the Resurrection would inspire hope to the world and encouraged Catholics to stand up to injustice. Photo by Stefano Spaziani/UPI
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Francis said, "It bears fruits of hope and dignity where there are deprivation and exclusion, hunger and unemployment; where there are migrants and refugees, so often rejected by today’s culture of waste, and victims of the drug trade, human trafficking and contemporary forms of slavery." Photo by Stefano Spaziani/UPI
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The previous night, the pope gave an Easter vigil service and baptized eight adults into the Catholic faith, including Nigerian migrant John Ogah, who stopped a robbery in Italy and is now regarded as a local hero. Photo by Stefano Spaziani/UPI
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