Pope Francis led his first Easter services since becaming pontiff, as millions of Christians worldwide marked Good Friday.
The head of the Catholic Church is poised to focus on ecology in release of a key document. Activists around the world say it's already spurring action - among the faithful, and beyond. It also has its detractors.
It consists of 200 pages on ecology, climate, natural resources and the need for change: Pope Francis' encyclical has caused quite a stir. But will the move have any long-lasting effect toward climate action?
Pope Francis has presided over a traditional Good Friday ceremony at the Colosseum in Rome. The service marks the passion and death of Christ and is broadcast globally.
A conservative state in Germany is considering relaxing its ban on dancing during the Easter holiday. Nightclubs and event organizers are in favor, but the debate isn't music to the ears of German churches.