By The Associated Press
Pope Francis blesses a man as he leads the Easter vigil service in St. Peter’s Basilica, at the Vatican Saturday, March 30, 2013. Pope Francis is celebrating a trimmed back Easter Vigil service after having reached out to Muslims and women during a Holy Week in which he has begun to put his mark on the Catholic Church. Francis processed into a darkened and silent St. Peter’s Basilica at the start of the Saturday service, which recalls the period between Christ’s crucifixion on Good Friday and resurrection on Easter Sunday. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
In his Easter Vigil homily at St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis kept his message simple and tied to the liturgical readings. “Let the risen Jesus enter your life, welcome him as a friend, with trust: he is life!” Just a few hours after the vigil ends, Francis on Sunday will celebrate his first Easter Mass as pontiff and deliver his “Urbi et Orbi” speech, Latin for “To the city and the world.”
Here are scenes from Easter celebrations at the Vatican and across the world.