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In pictures: Orthodox Easter

Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem - 26 April

The Eastern Orthodox Church is celebrating Easter. At Jerusalem's Holy Sepulchre church, believed to be the site of the burial of Jesus Christ, an Easter Saturday's Holy Fire service was held.

Holy Fire ceremony in Bethlehem - 26 April

In the West Bank city of Bethlehem, worshippers hold candles lit from the Holy Fire, which they consider miraculous and sacred.

Vladimir Yakunin hands Holy Fire to Patriarch Alexy II

Flames lit from the Fire are flown abroad, including to Moscow. Here the flame is presented to Russian Patriarch Alexy II.

Macedonian with candle and egg at Skopje service

Macedonians celebrate with a midnight mass in the capital Skopje.

Bishkek churchgoers look at eggs and cakes

In Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, churchgoers admire traditional Easter cakes and painted eggs.

Priest blesses cakes outside Kiev's St Vladimir's Cathedral

In the Ukrainian capital Kiev, a priest blesses Easter cakes.

Svetlana Medvedeva, President-elect Dmitry Medvedev, President Vladimir Putin and Lyudmila Putina

Russia's future and current presidents, flanked by their wives, attend an Easter Sunday service at Moscow's Church of Christ the Saviour.

Service in Sarajevo, Bosnia

Bosnian Orthodox believers crowd into a Sarajevo church for an Easter service.

A midnight service at the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo

Coptic Christians celebrate Christ's resurrection in a midnight service at the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo. Egypt's Coptic Church has a similar doctrine to Greek and Russian Orthodox churches.

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