Easter Sunday celebrated from Vatican to Chicago
Pope Francis led Easter services in Rome for more than 100,000 people.
Rain had threatened the mass in Saint Peter’s Square, but skies cleared in time for the Pope to give his Easter blessing. It was his second since taking the position.
The Roman Catholic Church’s celebration of Easter coincides with that of the Orthodox Church this year.
Some of the hymns at the Vatican mass were in Russian.
In Chicago, Christians celebrated with a sunrise service at Daley Plaza
“As Christians celebrate the most important church festival, the Easter resurrection of Jesus Christ in an open forum in one of America’s largest cities,” Tom Brejcha, president and chief counsel of the Thomas More Society, explained.
“This Easter worship and accompanying displays are privately funded and sponsored, bereft of any government aid or endorsement, and therefore are clothed and armored with the full protection of the First Amendment of our U.S. Constitution.”
The Thomas More Society has helped groups and individuals across the country exercise their First Amendment right to express religious beliefs freely and openly in traditional public forums.
The White House is hosting its annual Easter Egg roll on the South Lawn on Monday, a tradition that’s now in its 136th year. It’s also the largest public event at the White House.
This year’s theme is “Hop into healthy, swing into shape”, in support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move initiative.
PETA is taking aim at Mrs. Obama this year, with a campaign criticizing the use of real eggs during the egg roll. The animal rights organization wants plastic eggs to be used instead.