Pope presides over Easter Vigil service amid Vatican concern for modern-day Christian martyrs

April 4, 2015 7:01 PM

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis is presiding over the symbolic and solemn Easter Vigil service amid mounting Vatican concern for modern-day Christian martyrs.

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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