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Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregoire III Laham  and Orthodox Patriarch John X  visit the ancient Christian town of Maaloula, Syria, on Easter Sunday (CNS)

Easter messages also offers prayers for people in Lebanon, Iraq and the Holy Land

Cardinal Vincent Nichols (PA)

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

Pope Francis delivers the Urbi and Orbi blessing (AP)

Pontiff says Resurrection shows ‘love makes hope blossom in the wilderness’

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

Pope Francis leads the Way of the Cross at the Colosseum (AP)

Meditations by Italian Archbishop Giancarlo Maria Bregantini focus on injustices

Pope Francis lies prostrate in St Peter's Basilica (AP)

Pope Francis presides at Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion in St Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis kisses a disabled person's foot after washing it (CNS)

Pope washes feet of 12 disabled people, including women and a Muslim man

Pope Francis breathes over chrism oil during the Chrism Mass (CNS)

Pontiff says that, like many priests, he has sometimes felt isolated and gloomy

Afghan illegal migrants detained en route to Australai (AP)

Church calls for release of all refugees

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