: After sombre week, Pope leads Catholics into Easter stressing hope
Society12:17 Mar. 27, 2016
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After sombre week, Pope leads Catholics into Easter stressing hope

Pope Francis leads evening Easter vigil Mass in St. Peter's Basilica

After a Holy Week blighted by bomb attacks in Brussels, Pope Francis led the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics into Easter celebrations on Saturday night by urging them not to lose hope in a gloomy world.

The Holy Week services leading up to Easter, already the most sombre in the Christian liturgical calendar because they commemorate Jesus' betrayal, passion and death by crucifixion, were further dampened by the Brussels attacks that killed at least 31 people.

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