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Last Updated: Monday, 28 March, 2005, 08:50 GMT 09:50 UK
In pictures: Easter Sunday
Father Joseph Hou celebrates an Easter mass at St. Theresa's Catholic Church in Shanghai
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Christians around the world have been celebrating Easter, including in Shanghai, one of the fastest-growing Catholic communities in China.
Crowds at St Peter's Basilica in Rome on Easter Sunday
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Thousands of pilgrims gathered at St Peter's Basilica in Rome, hoping for a sign from Pope John Paul II, who has been ill...
Pope John Paul II blesses the crowds at the Vatican from his window
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... and were rewarded when he appeared at a window.
Pope waving
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However, this was the first Easter during which the ailing Pope was reduced to a spectator.
Pope trying to speak
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The Pope tried to speak but was in apparent agony weeks after his throat operation.
PIlgrim wiping her tears.
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Many pilgrims shed tears at watching the Pope's efforts and his failure to utter a single word.
Christians pray at the graves of their relatives in Purulia, India
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In India, people visit family graves to mark the holiday.
A police officer stands guard with an assault gun at the St. Patrick church in Karachi, Pakistan
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In Pakistan, churches are closely guarded following attacks on Christians in the past.
A hooded penitent from the El Resucitado brotherhood carries a baby during a procession in Cordoba
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Hooded penitents in Spain march in a procession to mark Easter Sunday...
A couple in traditional clothes dance around an Easter fire 27 March 2005 in Luebbenau, eastern Germany
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... and in eastern Germany, people in traditional dress dance around a fire believed to cleanse and bring wealth.
An Iraqi boy looks about during Easter services at the Virgin Mary Church in Baghdad, Iraq
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Iraqi Christian families celebrate the holiday in Baghdad.
A Romanian couple hold the Holy Light in Bucharest
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At St Joseph's Cathedral in Bucharest, Romania, a young couple hold the Holy Light.



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