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Observing Easter around the globe

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Pakistani Christians pray during Easter mass at St. John's Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad) Pakistani Christians pray during Easter mass at St. John's Church in Peshawar, Pakistan, Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
A South Korean Christian devotees reenact Jesus' path to his crucifixion during a performance for the Easter in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP) A South Korean Christian devotees reenact Jesus' path to his crucifixion during a performance for the Easter in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP)
In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful after the Urbi and Orbi blessing at the end of the Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the the Vatican Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP) In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI greets the faithful after the Urbi and Orbi blessing at the end of the Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square at the the Vatican Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP)
A crowd gathers in front of Home Moravian Church on Salem Square in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Easter sunrise service Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Winston-Salem Journal, Lauren Carroll) A crowd gathers in front of Home Moravian Church on Salem Square in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the Easter sunrise service Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Winston-Salem Journal, Lauren Carroll)

Christians across the world on Sunday celebrated Easter, the faith's most joyous holy day. At the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass on the flower-adorned steps of St. Peter's Basilica before a crowd that swelled to far beyond 100,000.

"May the risen Christ grant hope to the Middle East and enable all the ethnic, cultural and religious groups in that region to work together," the pope said.

In Jerusalem, thousands crowded into one of Christianity's holiest churches to worship. In Britain, Queen Elizabeth II attended a traditional Easter service with three generations of the royal family at Windsor Castle.

And in the U.S., Moravians in Winston-Salem, N.C., gathered for the 240th annual sunrise service in the city — one of the oldest and possibly the largest Easter sunrise service in the nation.

Here's a look at the day's rites and rituals in photos.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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