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In pictures: Easter weekend washout

Easter has been a washout with high winds and rain lashing most of Britain and forecasters say the wet weather is set to continue.

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Cameron praises Christian charity in Easter message

David Cameron sent his best wishes to Christians in the UK and around the world celebrating Easter. Credit: Press Association

Prime Minister David Cameron sent his best wishes to Christians celebrating Easter, saying it was an "exciting time for the faith" and paying tribute to the Christian principle of charity, as shown in the government's spending in overseas aid. He said:

"This year’s Holy Week and Easter celebrations follow an extraordinary few days for Christians.

“In the Bible, Saint Peter reminds us of the hope that comes from new birth through the resurrection of Jesus Christ. As Christians, it also reminds us of Jesus’s legacy of generosity, tolerance, mercy, and forgiveness.

“That legacy lives on in so many Christian charities and churches both at home and abroad... As long as I am Prime Minister, they will have the support of this Government.

“With that in mind, I am particularly proud to lead a Government that has kept its promise to invest 0.7 per cent of our gross national income on helping the world’s poorest...I hope you have a very happy Easter.”

Read the full message here.

Pope Francis gives Easter Sunday vigil service

Pope Francis has given his Easter Sunday vigil service inside St Peter's Basilica.

The Pope presides over a shorter than usual vigil service. Credit: Reuters

"Often we are tired, disappointed and sad. We feel weighed down by our sins. We think that we won't be able to cope. Let us not close our hearts, let us not lose faith, let us never give up," he said.

"There are no situations which God cannot change, there is no sin which he cannot forgive if only we open ourselves to him."

Pope Francis began by saying: "Brothers and sisters, good evening." Credit: Reuters
Inside the Basilica. Credit: Reuters
The Pope performs a baptism. Credit: Reuters


Queen to attend Windsor Castle Easter Sunday service

The Queen seen leaving Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford following the Royal Maundy service on Thursday. Credit: PA

The Queen will attend the traditional Easter Sunday service at Windsor Castle today.

She will be joined by other members of the Royal Family for the Matins service at St George's Chapel, to be conducted by the Dean of Windsor, the Right Rev David Conner.

Well-wishers are expected to gather at Windsor to catch a glimpse of the Queen as she makes the short journey to the chapel.

The Prince of Wales does not usually attend the service, and it is not thought that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will attend.

Archbishop of York leads public baptisms in a pool

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has led Easter baptisms in a pool on the steps of York Minster.

Dr John Sentamu waves to the crowd at St Michael le Belfrey Church. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images
The Archbishop of York baptises a woman on Saturday. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Dr John Sentamu leads another Easter baptism in York. Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire/Press Association Images
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