AP PHOTOS: Easter celebrations around the world

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Pope Francis leads the Easter mass in St. Peter\'s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, March 31, 2013. Pope Francis is celebrating his first Easter Sunday Mass as pontiff in St. Peter\'s Square, which is packed by joyous pilgrims, tourists and Romans. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

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On Easter Sunday, the most holy day of the Christian calendar, believers attended religious services — whether among the packed crowds before a new pope in St. Peter's Square, at sunrise services in India and Pakistan, or at churches flanked by blast walls and security cordons in Iraq.

Here are some scenes from Easter Sunday around the world.

 
 
 

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