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Thousands of worshippers pack St Peter’s Square in thunderstorms and rain to hear Pope Francis lead Easter Sunday Mass from the Vatican this morning

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  • Thousands of Catholics brave bad weather to hear Pope Francis lead Easter Sunday Mass in the Vatican 
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Thousands of worshippers braved thunder and rain to see Pope Francis lead Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square, the Vatican this morning.

The iconic square had turned into a sea of umbrellas as a large crowd of Catholic faithful gathered to see the Pope lead the service in the enclave in Rome.

The pontiff himself was shielded from the pelting rain by a canopy outside St. Peter’s Basilica, while prelates carried umbrellas in the yellow and white colors of the Vatican.

Marking the third Easter since his election in 2013, the pope maintained an Easter vigil tradition by baptising late entries into the Church.

In his homily, Francis called on Catholics to learn how to ‘enter the mystery’ of Easter, the commemoration of the Christian belief that Jesus rose from the dead three days after his crucifixion.

‘To enter into the mystery means going beyond our own comfort zone, beyond the laziness and indifference which hold us back, and going out in search of truth, beauty and love,’ Francis said.

‘It is seeking a deeper meaning, an answer, and not an easy one, to the questions which challenge our faith, our fidelity and our very existence,’ he said.

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