Pope Francis led his first Easter services since becaming pontiff, as millions of Christians worldwide marked Good Friday.
Pope Francis has presided over a traditional Good Friday ceremony at the Colosseum in Rome. The service marks the passion and death of Christ and is broadcast globally.
A conservative state in Germany is considering relaxing its ban on dancing during the Easter holiday. Nightclubs and event organizers are in favor, but the debate isn't music to the ears of German churches.
Pope Francis has canonized two Palestinian nuns, the first Palestinian Arabs to gain sainthood. A large delegation has attended the ceremony at the Vatican, including the Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas.
On May 15, 2015 Torgau will open the first of four special exhibitions in the run-up to the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017. "Luther and the princes" focuses on the mutual influence of politics and religion.