First lady Michelle Obama having fun with visitors to the White House Easter Egg roll

Obama hosts Easter Egg roll

U.S. President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle have hosted the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House.

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'Battle of the Churches' as Greek island celebrates Easter

Rockets fly over Vrontados village during Greek Orthodox Easter celebrations. Credit: Reuters

Every year, two rival parishes on the northern Greek island of Chios fire handmade rockets at each other's bell towers to celebrate Orthodox Easter.

Rockets in flight Credit: Reuters

The celebration, known as "rouketopolemos", sees parishioners from Aghios Markos and Panagia Ereithiani fire the handmade fireworks at the other's church bell towers.

The winning village is the one which scores the most direct hits on the other's church.

Rockets streak through the sky during Greek Orthodox easter celebrations on Chios. Credit: Reuters

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Archbishop calls for Christians to protect environment

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, called for Christians to take climate change seriously Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA Wire

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan has called on people to make changes to their way of life to help protect the environment for future generations.

In his Easter sermon at Llandaff Cathedral this morning, Dr Morgan said Christians needed to take climate change and its impact seriously and react, rather than burying their heads in the sand.

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First church service held at Moorland since floods

First church service held at Moorland since floods Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A service is being held in a Somerset parish church for the first time since massive floods devastated the area. Hundreds of people are expected to gather in Moorland this afternoon to mark Easter Sunday. It's around 3 months since homes were flooded and for many the clean up continues.

Pope Francis leads Easter Mass at the Vatican

Pope Francis arrives to lead the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Pope Francis arrives to lead the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Credit: Reuters

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Members of the Italian army march in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican.
Members of the Italian army march in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican. Credit: Reuters
Swiss guards stand to attention before the arrival of Pope Francis to lead the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square.
Swiss guards stand to attention before the arrival of Pope Francis to lead the Easter mass in Saint Peter's Square. Credit: Reuters

David Cameron sends Easter message

The Prime Minister has sent Easter wishes to Christians celebrating the religious festival:

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Today is a day for Christians to celebrate and for the whole country to celebrate what Christianity brings to Britain. Happy Easter to all.

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