Pope Benedict XVI delivers his 'Urbi et Orbi' message and blessing from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the end of the Easter Mass on April 8, in Vatican City, Vatican.
An Orthodox priest baptizes a child in a church while believers celebrate Palm Sunday in Bobruisk, Belarus, April 8. Palm Sunday commemorates Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem a week before his crucifixion.
Five-year-old Ines Barbadillo plays the role of the angel during the "Bajada del Angel" festivity in Aranda de Duero, near Burgos, Spain, April 8. The "Bajada del Angel" festivity celebrates the appearance of the angel who announced the resurrection of Christ to the Virgin. In Aranda de Duero a child dressed as an angel flies through the air towards a statue of the Virgin Mary, whose head is covered by a black cloth, a sign of mourning for the death of Jesus. The angel removes the cloth, an expression of joy for the resurrection of Christ.
Pastor Kathleen Adams, right, leads members of the Schola Cantorum of the Annisquam Village Church through a path to celebrate Easter Sunday at Squam Rock in Annisquam, Mass., April 8.
An Ethiopian Orthodox Christian woman holds palm tree leaves during a Palm Sunday mass in the Chapel of the Deir Sultan Monastery in Jerusalem's Old City, April 8. Most Eastern European and Orthodox Christian churches celebrate the Easter liturgy according to the Julian calendar.
A rider tries to get back his horse after he fell as men of the Sorbian community ride on decorated horses during the traditional Easter procession in Ralbitz, Germany, April 8. Sorbian men wearing black coats and top hats sing holy songs on horseback and preach the message of Jesus' resurrection. The Sorbs are a Slavic, Catholic minority group in eastern Germany.
South Korean Christian devotees reenact Jesus' path to his crucifixion during a performance for Easter in Seoul, South Korea, April 8.
Belarussian Catholics prepare for a procession celebrating Easter in the small town of Ivenets, April 8.
Jan Hasenbanck, dressed as a pink bunny, performs with his wakeboard on a lake in Hamburg, Germany, Easter Sunday.
Women pray and sing during an Easter Sunday service at an outdoor church in Lilongwe, Malawi, on April 8.
Fishermen dressed as Roman soldiers collapse as they re-enact a scene from the Bible during mass as part of the Easter tradition at the church in the village of Sumartin, on the Adriatic island of Brac, April 7.
A woman stands at the grave of a relative after bringing incense and flowers during Orthodox Palm Sunday in Heresti cemetery, near Bucharest, April 8. Palm Sunday commemorates Jesus Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem, a week before his crucifixion. Romania's Christian Orthodox majority will celebrate Easter on April 15, a week after the Catholic believers.
An Iraqi Christian prays during an Easter mass at Armenian Church in Baghdad, Iraq, April 8.
Children look at the tubes containing gunpowder to later burn the "Judas Iscariote" alebrije in the church of Santa Rosa Xochiac town, in Mexico City, April 7. Each year the Espinosa family has huge puppets made to stage the burning of Judas after the Eucharistic celebration in the Catholic tradition. The Burning of Judas is an Easter-time ritual in many communities, where an effigy of Judas Iscariot is hanged on Good Friday, then burned on Easter Sunday.
Residents of Santa Rosa Xochiac town watch the burning of "Judas Iscariot" as charro in Mexico City, Saturday, April 7.
People stand around an Easter bonfire, an old German ethnic custom, in Elbingeroder, Germany, April 7.
Pope Benedict XVI carries the Paschal candle as he leads the Ceremony of the Light during the Holy Saturday Easter vigil mass at St. Peter's Basilica on April 7, in Vatican City, Vatican. The Pope will lead Easter Sunday Mass celebrating the resurrection of Jesus tomorrow in St. Peter's Square.
Young girls play with a costumed dog in their Easter finest during the annual Hat Ladies Easter promenade on April 7, in Charleston, S.C.
Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu baptizes a local church goer in a water tank during an Easter Saturday ceremony on April 7, in York, England. Baptism of adults by total immersion is a symbolic ritual signifying a believer's death to their old life and a re-birth in Christ. New Christians are baptized into the faith the day before Easter Sunday which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus, three days after his execution on the cross.
Catholic clergy attend a procession during Holy Saturday inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed to be the burial site of Jesus Christ, April 7, in Jerusalem.
Christian worshippers visit the Church of Holy Sepulchre during Easter celebrations in Jerusalem's Old City, April 7.
A woman sweeps straw near a giant record-breaking Easter egg created by 44,858 colored eggs in Bludov, North Moravia, Czech Republic, April 7. The last record of this local tradition was 30,658 eggs set in 2007.
Chinese Catholics pray as they attend an Easter service at the historic South Cathedral in Beijing on April 7.
People watch as penitents carry a throne with a statue of Jesus Christ as they take part in the Sepulcro brotherhood procession during Holy Week in Malaga, southern Spain late April 6.
Penitents light their candles as they take part in the Calvario brotherhood procession during Holy Week in Malaga, southern Spain, April 6.
Members of the Catholic clergy hold candles during a procession at the traditional washing of the feet ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre ahead of Easter celebrations in the Old City of Jerusalem on Thursday April 5. Good Friday is one of the Christians holiest days, commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Golgotha.
Altar servers lead a procession while Indian Christians offers prayers during Good Friday at a Church in New Delhi, India, on Friday. According to publicly available sources only 2.3 percent of India's 1.2 billion people are Christians.
Christian arab worshippers carry a large wooden cross along the Via Dolorosa as they enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during the Good Friday procession in Jerusalem's old city on Friday. Thousands of Christian pilgrims took part in processions along the route where Jesus Christ is said to have carried the cross during his last days.
Penitents of the Caridad brotherhood walk the streets during the Holy Week procession on Thursday in Cordoba, Spain. Many towns in Spain celebrate Easter week with processions.
Local girls in traditional clothes of the Matyo minority, react as boys throw water during a rehearsal of the traditional Easter celebrations by the members of Mezokovesd folk dance group, in Mezokovesd, about 80 miles east of Budapest on Thursday. Locals from northeast Hungary celebrate Easter with the traditional "watering of the girls," a fertility ritual rooted in Hungary's tribal pre-Christian past, going as far back as the second century AD.
Gardener Steve Gilroy waters a nine-foot bunny topiary made of moss and ivy, balancing and egg made of Gerber daisies, in the Channel Gardens of New York's Rockefeller Center, Thursday.
Volker Kraft decorates his Easter egg tree in Saalfeld, Germany on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. It takes the family around two weeks to hang the 10,000 hand painted eggs into the tree.
Pilgrims walk with crosses as the Northern Cross pilgrimage makes its final leg of the journey to Holy Island on Friday in Berwick-upon-Tweed, England. More than 60 people, young and old, celebrated Easter by crossing the tidal causeway during the annual pilgrimage.
Penitents leave San Pedro church carrying a statue depicting Jesus during a Holy Week procession on Thursday in Madrid.
A Christian worshipper walks to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Good Friday in Jerusalem's Old City.
Dancers perform the Dance of the Death during a Holy Week procession in Verges, northeastern Spain, on Thursday. Dancers dress in body stockings with skeletons painted on them representing every age and condition of life and reenact a dance to the grave.
Hundreds of people follow 'Jesus' played by Paul Cattanach as he drags a cross through Pitt Street Mall as part of the Wesley Mission's Good Friday, Way of the Cross Procession in Sydney, Australia, Friday.
Worshipers take part in a procession in Malaga, Spain on Thursday.
Volunteers dressed as Roman Centurions drive nails through the palms of a Catholic devotee in a reenactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday at San Pedro Cutud, Pampanga province, north of Manila, Philippines. More than two dozen Catholic devotees have themselves nailed on the cross on Good Friday, a practice rejected by the Catholic Church but one that has become a tourist attraction.
Penitents from 'Jesus Yacente' brotherhood take part in a procession in Zamora, Spain, in the early hours of Friday, April 6. Hundreds of processions take place throughout Spain during the Easter Holy Week.
Catholic priests carry palm fronds at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem's Old city, April 1. Palm Sunday marks for Christians Jesus Christ's entrance into Jerusalem when his followers laid palm branches in his path, prior to his crucifixion.
A woman prays on a hill with wooden crosses after a procession celebrating Palm Sunday in the town of Oshmiany, 88 miles northwest of Minsk, Belarus, April 1.
Women hold palm fronds as they take part in a Mass celebrating Catholic Palm Sunday at Saint Anna church in Warsaw, Poland, April 1.
Pope Benedict XVI leaves after celebrating the Palm Sunday mass in St Peter's square at the Vatican, on April 1. Palm Sunday marks the start of the holy week of Easter in celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Spanish actor and director Antonio Banderas, center, sings a song to the Virgin inside a church as he takes part as a penitent in the "Lagrimas and Favores" brotherhood in a Palm Sunday procession at the start of Holy Week in Malaga, southern Spain, April 1. Hundreds of processions take place around the clock in Spain during Holy Week, drawing thousands of visitors.
White House Easter Eggs Roll hosted by Obamas
Miranda Husband, 11, center, and Issac Husband, 9, third left, of Greencastle, Pa., roll Easter eggs on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, on Monday, April 25, at the White House Easter Egg Roll hosted by President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. Thousands of children will participate in the event, which dates back to 1878, and is named for races where children push colored eggs across the grass using wooden spoons
First Lady Michelle Obama watches as TV personalities Kelly Ripa and Al Roker share a crepe at the annual Easter Egg Roll on Monda
President Barack Obama, left, and first lady Michelle Obama read a book titled "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" to children during the annual Easter Egg Roll on Monday. Daughters Sasha, second right, and Malia, right, are seen on the right as they listen on with their dog Bo.
The White House Easter Egg Roll takes place on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday.
President Barack Obama greets children during the annual Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House on Monday.
Kids, Adults Celebrate Easter Tradition
Five-tear-old twins Kander Bazor, left, and Kaden Bazor display their personalized Easter egg baskets at Kit McConnico Park April 23, 2011, in Lufkin, Texas.
Bernadette Saavedre walks along the side of the road as she makes her pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayo in Chimayo, New Mexico April 23. Thousands of people walk to the little chapel over Easter weekend, where they believe the dirt inside holds the power to heal, some from as far away as Mexico and Colorado.
Russia's Prime Minister Vladimir Putin kisses Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill during an Orthodox Easter service in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow April 23. This year, Orthodox and Catholic churches are celebrating Easter on the same date
Michael Armbrust of Greensburg seeks shelter from the rain drops under an umbrella while selling Easter flowers along North Greengate Road in Hempfield Township. The road side stand will be selling the flowers all weekend long.
Spectators are silhouetted as they watch the flames of an Easter Bonfire rising in Hamburg's Blankenese suburb, Germany, on April 23 evening. This ancient, pre-Christian era custom, which originally was aimed at banishing evil demons has survived into the 21st century.
Christian Orthodox Holy Fire lights up the church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
Worshippers hold candles at the Church of Holy Sepulchre during the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem's Old City on April 23.
View looking down from the rotunda inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem that shows the Tomb of Christ as the miracle of the Holy Fire occurs on April 23, the day before Easter. Eastern Orthodox Christians believe the Holy Fire, which emenates from within the Tomb of Christ and quickly spreads around the church and outside to Jerusalem and even to foreign countries, represents the flame of the Resurrection power, as well as the fire of the Burning Bush of Mount Sinai.
A general view of the Church of Holy Sepulchre during the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony in Jerusalem's Old City on April 23. Christians around the world celebrate Easter on Sunday.
The Holy Fire is spread from the rotunda in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where many believe Jesus was buried, during the ceremony of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem, Israel, on April 23.
Good Friday Celebration culminates around the world
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, blesses Benilda Tiongco as she enters the Cathedral of St. Matthew for the Good Friday mass April 22, 2011 in Washington, DC. About 200 Catholics followed the Via Crucis, or 'Way of the Cross,' and carried wooden crosses and statues from Our Lady, Queen of the Americas Catholic Church to the cathedral.
Women penitents wearing traditional mantilla scarves wait inside the Royal Palace to start the procession of the 'Santisimo Cristo de los Alabarderos' brotherhood during Holy Week in Madrid, April 22, 2011. Hundreds of Easter processions take place in Spain during Holy Week drawing thousands of visitors.
Jeff Thomas endures the rain as he stands on a cross on Glenwood Ave as part of an Easter weekend awareness event for the Northpark Church in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday, April 22, 2011. Members of the church took shifts on the cross for 1/2 - hour or an hour throughout the day.
A child dressed as Jesus Christ is carried by a man as they take part in "Los Encadenados," or "The Chained Ones" procession on Good Friday during Holy Week in Masatepe, Nicaragua, Friday, April 22, 2011.
A man builds a sand sculpture of the face of Jesus Christ during Holy Week celebrations in Arenal de Cochiraya, on the outskirts of Oruro, Bolivia, Friday, April 22, 2011.
Inmates take part in the re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday in a jail in Mexico City April 22, 2011.
Faithful carry the Cross during one of the stations of the Way of the Cross led by Pope Benedict XVI on Good Friday on April 22, 2011 in front of the Colosseum in Rome.
People protect themselves from the rain as they watch the Passion of Christ during Easter celebrations in Ourem, Portugal on April, 22, 2011.
Penitents from 'La Sanch' walk in procession on the street of Perpignan, France, April 22, during Holy Week celebration.