Pope Francis celebrates Easter Sunday mass at St. Peter’s Square

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Pope Francis led the annual Easter Sunday mass at Saint Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Sunday morning, where he gave the “Urbi et Orbi” blessing to Christians all over the world in front of a crowd of tens of thousands.

The Pope spoke amidst tightened security at the Vatican put into effect following last Tuesday’s Brussels attacks. Many who had planned to attend the annual service in Rome cancelled their trips in the wake of the violence in the Belgium capital.