Pope Francis led his first Easter services since becaming pontiff, as millions of Christians worldwide marked Good Friday.
Pope Francis has again broken with precedent as he celebrates the Catholic Church's most important days of the year. For Good Friday's traditional procession, young people from the Middle East have written prayers.
In celebrating his first Easter in Rome, the Pope has broken with tradition in a number of ways. Many faithful seem to be delighted, while Catholic conservatives have expressed displeasure.
More than 2 million people are expected at Rio de Janeiro's Copacabana beach this New Year's Eve to honor the African goddess, Yemanja. For the first time, the festival will be televised across the nation.
Pope Francis has made a pilgrimage to the Italian town of his namesake, Assisi. The pope said Friday was a "day of tears" to mourn those who died in the migrant shipwreck off the coast of Italy's Lampedusa island.
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