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Easter Sunday: Christians across the globe celebrate

Easter is celebrated across the globe. Credit: AP/PA

Christians across the globe have come together to celebrate Easter.

Easter Sunday falls on the same day in 2017 in both the eastern and western churches.

This is the first time it has happened since 2014, and it will not happen again until 2025, since Orthodox Christianity is based on the Julian calendar, while the religious festivals of western Christianity are based on the Gregorian calendar.

The Pope gives Easter Mass. Credit: AP

Thousands of Catholics from across the world have travelled to the Vatican to hear the Pope deliver the Easter Mass in St Peter's Square.

Thousands packed into St Peter's Square to hear the Pope deliver the Easter Mass. Credit: AP
Patriarch Kirill of Moscow holds candles with the Holy Fire during an Easter service. Credit: PA

In Russia, Easter is the biggest Christian celebration of the year.

Patriarch Kirill of Moscow led worshipers at numerous services including an Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow, attended by Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin.

As part of Russia celebrations a candle-lit procession is held around the church.

Russia's Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and his wife Svetlana, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin attend an Easter service at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. Credit: PA

In Pakistan, Christians are a minority, compromising only 1.6% of the total population.

Pakistani Christians attend an early morning Easter service at St. Patrick church in Karachi. Credit: AP

In Turkey the majority of Christians are Orthodox.

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, leads the Easter Resurrection Service at the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George in Istanbul. Credit: AP

In Istanbul Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I, the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians, led hundreds of worshipers at a midnight liturgy to celebrate Easter during the Easter Resurrection Service outside the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George.

Easter Resurrection Service outside the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. George. Credit: AP

While Christianity is a minority religion in India, with only 2.3% of the population following the faith, this still accounts for around 27.8 million people.

Indian Christian devotees offer prayers at a church. Credit: AP