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In pictures: Easter worldwide

Pope Benedict XVI delivering the traditional "Urbi et Orbi" (To the City and the World) Easter message from the central loggia of St Peter"s Basilica 12 April 09 at the Vatican.

Pope Benedict XVI led Easter celebrations with Mass at the Vatican where he gave his traditional "Urbi et Orbi" blessing.

Clerics prepare for Mass inside an inflatable tent in L'Aquila, 1 April

But in quake-hit L'Aquila, priests used makeshift chapels in areas devastated by Monday's earthquake.

A child hangs paintings reading "Happy Easter" on Easter in a tent city for people evacuated after the 6 April earthquake in L'Aquila

Children evacuated from their homes in the L'Aquila area hung paintings reading "Happy Easter" at a tent city.

The annual Easter Mass in front of Seoul city hall, South Korea, 12 April

Catholics in South Korea attended a giant Mass on Easter Sunday.

US army soldiers sing hymns during Easter sunrise service in Camp Liberty, Baghdad, Iraq

US troop held an Easter sunrise service at the Camp Liberty military base just outside the Iraqi capital.

Pakistani Christians pray next to a poster of Jesus Christ during Easter Mass at a Catholic church in Peshawar, Pakistan

Roman Catholics pray next to a poster of Christ during Easter Mass in Peshawar, Pakistan.

An Easter eve bonfire in Elbingerode, Germany

Christians in Elbingerode, Germany, lit their traditional Easter eve bonfire on Saturday night.

Orthodox Christian nuns in a procession in Jerusalem before Palm Sunday

But for most of the Orthodox Christian world, which follows a different calendar, Holy Week is only beginning.

Palestinian Christian Orthodox worshippers celebrate a Palm Sunday mass in Gaza City.

In Gaza City, for example, Orthodox worshippers attended a Palm Sunday Mass.

Armenian Orthodox priests in background consecrate hundreds of red eggs at an Easter mass in Varna, north-east of Sofia

Meanwhile in Bulgaria, Orthodox priests consecrated traditional red-dyed eggs during a service in the town of Varna.

Archbishop Khajag Barsamian of the Armenian Church of America releases a dove in New York

And in New York the Armenian church released 12 doves to symbolise the apostles sent out to evangelise the world

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