All over the world, the Orthodox Church is celebrating Easter.
In Moscow, in the Cathedral of Christ The Saviour, Patriarch Kirill conducted the service which went on throughout the night. It was his first major ceremony since his induction as head of the Russian Orthodox Church in February of this year. Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attended the Mass. The country’s two most powerful politicians offered the Patriarch bouquets of red and white roses symbolising life and victory. Attracted by the pageantry of the occassion, many non-believers traditionally attend the Mass. The church itself was rebuilt in the ’90s and consecrated in the year 2000 after being demolished with explosives on Stalin’s orders in 1931.