Filipino students at the University of Santo Tomas in Manila perform Easter Sunday rites celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu conducts full immersion baptisms in front of St Michael-le-Belfrey church in the city in northern England.
Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing at the end of the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" speech, from the terrace of St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican.
Iraqi Catholics on their way to Easter mass in Baghdad pass by a security guard keeping watch.
Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem Theofilos III (centre) takes part in the Palm Sunday mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, in Jerusalem's Old City.
Penitents from the El Resucitado (The Resurrected) brotherhood are seen before a Holy Week procession in Cordoba, southern Spain.
A young Christian girl holds a candle during Easter celebrations at midnight mass in St Mary's Church in Secunderabad, India.
Kenyan hawker sells crosses outside the Holy Family Basilica church in Nairobi, after an overnight vigil mass celebrating Easter.
An Armenian priest in Bulgaria consecrates hundreds of red eggs during Easter celebrations in a church in the town of Varna, north-east of the capital Sofia.