Christians from across the world have gathered to celebrate Easter.
In Rome, Pope Benedict XVI held an evening service in St. Peter’s Basilica, commemorating the night before Easter when Christians believe Christ rose from the dead.
During his address, the pope focused on the theme of life, death, and immortality, again avoiding any mention of the sex abuse scandals engulfing the Catholic Church.
The pontiff also baptised six people during the service in another traditional Easter ritual.
In Russia, President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin took part in Orthodox celebrations at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.
The pair joined with fellow worshippers as Patriach Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church, led the prayers.
Patriach Kirill then lit candles from the Holy Fire, using a flame flown from Jerusalem.