Pope Francis led his first Easter services since becaming pontiff, as millions of Christians worldwide marked Good Friday.
As Christians around the world commemorated the crucifixion of Christ, Pope Francis denounced terrorism and indifference to refugees. The pontiff called on people not to be overwhelmed by the "apparent victory of evil."
As church attendance continues to wane in Europe, Christian clerics are trying to modernize existing traditions, such as Germany's bi-annual Katholikentag, with the use of social media.
Catholics from all across Germany are in Leipzig for 3 days of cultural events. The festival, in its 100th installment is also a political expression of the hopes of lay Catholics for their institution..
Pope Francis welcomed and embraced the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican, signalizing solidarity between Catholics and Sunni Muslims. "Our meeting is the message," Francis told reporters.
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