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Iraqi Catholic devotees take part in the Easter Vigil mass at Qaraqosh s al-Tahera (Immaculate Conception) church, east of Mosul, on April 8, 2023.

Cardinals attend the Pope s Easter Vigil mass on April 8, 2023 at St. Peter s basilica in The Vatican, as part of celebrations of the Holy Week

A priest blesses the congregations during an Easter service, at the Church of St Theresa in Vilnius, Lithuania, Saturday, April 8, 2023

Pope Francis applies the Chrism oil on the forehead of a freshly baptised Albanian man, giving him the Sacrament of Confirmation, during the Easter Vigil mass on April 8, 2023 at St. Peter s basilica in The Vatican, as part of celebrations of the Holy Week.

Christians gathered at the St Stephen s Basilica of Budapest for Easter Vigil services, a ceremony officiated by cardinal Peter Erdo on Saturday, April 8, 2023

Worshippers hold candles during the Easter vigil Mass in Cathedral-Basilica at the Vilnius, Lithuania, late Saturday, April 8, 2023.

Christians hold candles as they attend midnight Easter Mass, in Hyderabad, Pakistan, late Saturday, April 8, 2023

Believers attend at the Easter Vigil mass at the Roman Catholic Parish of Saint Alexanders in Kyiv on April 8, 2023, amid the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez tosses holy water toward people and their farm animals at the traditional blessing of animals ceremony at Placita Olvera in downtown Los Angeles, Saturday, April 8, 2023

People watch as a man prepares the statue of Virgin Mary during an event marking the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday at St. Joseph the Worker Church in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan on April 9, 2023.

Devotees raise their hands as they are sprinkled with holy water during Easter Sunday rites at the Antipolo Cathedral, Antipolo city, Philippines on Sunday April 9, 2023.

Catholic devotees hold a candle while they pray on Easter Sunday at St. Anthony s church in Colombo on April 9, 2023.

Participants attend a parade to celebrate Easter at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul on April 9, 2023

Children attend a parade to celebrate Easter at Gwanghwamun Square in Seoul on April 9, 2023.

Christian devotees pray during Easter Sunday at a church in Chennai on April 9, 2023.

Christian devotees pray during Easter Sunday at St. John s Cathedral in Peshawar on April 9, 2023.

Men participate in an Easter rider procession in Ralbitz, Germany, Sunday, April 9, 2023

A general view shows St. Peter s square during the Pope s Easter Sunday mass on April 9, 2023 in The Vatican, as part of celebrations of the Holy Week

Catholics pray at the Our Lady of the Angels Church during the Easter Vigil celebrations in Dakar, Senegal on April 8, 2023

A view of St. Peter s Square at The Vatican during the Easter Sunday mass celebrated by Pope Francis, Sunday, April 9, 2023.

Women wearing the traditional dress of the Slavic minority of the Sorbs sing in front of the church on early Easter Sunday in Schleife, eastern Germany on April 9, 2023.

A Lebanese priest leads Easter Mass at the Our Lady of Protection church in the capital Beirut on April 9, 2023

Syrian Christians attend the Palm Sunday mass at the Virgin Mary Syriac Orthodox Church on April 9, 2023, in the mainly Kurdish city of Qamishli in northeastern Syria s Hasakah governorate

This photo taken and issued as a handout on April 9, 2023 by the Vatican Media shows Pope Francis wave after he delivered the Urbi et Orbi message and blessing for Easter from the loggia of St. Peter s basilica overlooking St