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Last Updated: Sunday April 16 2006 14:32 GMT

In pictures: Easter celebrations

Nuns hold candles as Pope Benedict XVI arrives for an Easter service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in Italy

Nuns hold candles as Pope Benedict XVI arrives for an Easter service in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in Italy

Pope Benedict XVI is head of the Catholic church - here he is after celebrating the Easter Mass. It was also his 79th birthday

Pope Benedict XVI is head of the Catholic church - here he is after celebrating the Easter Mass. It was also his 79th birthday

Here students in the Philippines are celebrating Easter. For Christians, Easter is a time when they remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ - when the Bible says he died on the cross and t

Here students in the Philippines are celebrating Easter. For Christians, Easter is a time when they remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ - when the Bible says he died on the cross and three days later came back to life

Easter is an important celebration of faith for Christians. Here an elderly Nepalese Christian sings and dances as she celebrates Easter

Easter is an important celebration of faith for Christians. Here an elderly Nepalese Christian sings and dances as she celebrates Easter

The head of Catholic church of Russia lights a candle during a Good Friday mass in Moscow

The head of Catholic church of Russia lights a candle during a Good Friday mass in Moscow

And at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City Franciscan monks pray

And at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City Franciscan monks pray



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