Pope holds Easter candle at basilica vigil


Salon Staff
April 7, 2012 11:54PM (UTC)

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI, holding a tall, lit, white candle, has entered a hushed and darkened St. Peter's Basilica to begin the Vatican's Easter vigil service.

Except for the twinkle of camera flashes, the basilica was almost pitch-black as the thousands of faithful in pews awaited Benedict's arrival through the rear entrance Saturday night. After aides lit the candle, Benedict climbed aboard a raised platform that was wheeled up the long main aisle to the central altar. Christians on Easter joyously mark their belief that Christ rose from the dead after his crucifixion.

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Praying at the start of the service, Benedict said Easter brings hope to the faithful. On Sunday morning, he will lead Easter Mass in St. Peter's Square.


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