Pope Francis presides over Easter Vigil service amid concern for martyrs

April 4, 2015 7:38 PM

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Pope Francis presides over Easter Vigil service amid concern for martyrs

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis presided over the solemn Easter Vigil service Saturday night amid mounting Vatican concern for modern-day Christian martyrs whose deaths have dominated this Easter season.

Francis walked in the dark down an utterly silent St. Peter's Basilica at the start of the vigil Mass, which precedes the joyous celebration on Easter Sunday commemorating Christ's resurrection after his crucifixion.

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