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March 31, 2013 12:11 pm

Christians Celebrate Easter Sunday in Israel

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Catholics and Protestants celebrated Easter Sunday throughout the Holy Land on March 31.

The leader of the Catholic Church in Jerusalem, the Latin Patriarch Fouad Twal, held Easter Mass in the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem—the spot where most Christians believe Jesus was crucified and later rose from the dead on Easter Sunday.

Protestants celebrated Easter Mass in the Garden Tomb, located outside the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Meanwhile, in his first “Urbi et Orbi” address on Easter Sunday in Rome, Pope Francis appealed for peace in the Arab-Israeli conflict as well as other conflicts in the world including in Syria and on the Korean Peninsula.

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In his Easter Speech from a balcony in St. Peter’s Basilica, Pope Francis urged Israelis and Palestinians, who “struggle to find the road of agreement,” to find the courage to resume peace talks and end a conflict that “has lasted all too long,” the Associated Press reported.

Roman Catholics and Protestants, who follow the Gregorian calendar, celebrated Easter on March 31, while Eastern Orthodox Christians, who follow the Julian calendar, will mark Easter in May.

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