Worshippers around the world have been celebrating Easter, the most important Christian festival of the year. Here, Coptic Pope Shenuda III swings incense during Mass at the Abbassiya Cathedral in Cairo.
At an Orthodox ceremony in Belarus, a priest gives soldiers and their cakes a sprinkling as he blesses them in Raubichi, near Minsk.
An Orthodox pilgrim carries a cross outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, and a woman catches the scene on her camera.
In the Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI looks out over thousands of faithful who had gathered for Mass under rainy skies in St Peter's Square.
At a leper colony in Hyderabad, India, a woman shuts her eyes as she prays.
In Kosovo, pilgrims are seen holding candles at Mass in the Gracanica monastery near Pristina, with painted Easter eggs in the foreground.
A woman gestures at an Easter rally in Seoul, where thousands of Christians called for peace and a nuclear-free Korean peninsula.
And in the Philippines, devotees gather and place flowers around the image of the Risen Christ outside a church in Manila.
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