Pope celebrates outdoor Easter Mass; Vatican security tight

March 27, 2016 9:08 AM

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is celebrating Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square, where tens of thousands of faithful are patiently enduring tight security to be near him.

Police are checking the handbags and backpacks of tourists, pilgrims, Romans and journalists who are streaming toward the square for the pontiff’s traditional noontime blessing and speech on world affairs.

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