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The Vatican has reminded pilgrims that Sunday’s ceremony is completely free

Pope Francis (PA)

Statement from Rome says ‘consequences relating to the teaching of the Church’ should not be inferred from private conversation with Argentine woman

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (PA)

Cardinal urges politicians to approach ‘difficult’ issue with a ‘sense of respect’

Francis enters St Peter's Basilica at the start of the Easter Vigil (AP)

Francis baptises 10 people from around the world at Easter Vigil in St Peter’s

Bishop Egan celebrated the Mass at Winchester Prison (PA)

Bishop Egan tells inmates he will ask God to assure them of his love and mercy

A Syrian church left empty after a mortar attack. The faithful face their darkest Easter in many years (AP)

Maronite archbishop of Damascus tells faithful: we are abandoned to Providence

A winged lion in a stained-glass window symbolises St Mark the Evangelist

St Mark the Evangelist (April 25) is traditionally thought to be the interpreter of the Apostle Peter

The Catholic Herald's cartoon inspired by ICN's Vatican hawk hoax (Christian Adams) Below: How The Guardian reported the story

Pulitzer Prize-winning Guardian among outlets to reproduce April Fool’s report

Pope Francis delivering his unscripted homily on Sunday (PA) Below Video via

Pontiff delivers unscripted speech to crowds in St Peter’s Square

Pope Francis led the start of Holy Week with more than 100,000 people in St Peter’s Square.