Christians mark Easter at Jerusalem site of Jesus's resurrection

Kelly Massey
April 18, 2017

"Understanding Easter from a Christian perspective is very important and the celebration of Jesus' death, burial and resurrection from the dead is crucial for believers in Jesus' Christ because for without this doctrine, there is no Christianity and no Christian Easter", he said.

The senior Pastor of Shelter of Glory Church, Makurdi, the Benue state capital, King Omudu, gave the charge during the Sunday Easter service.

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In an impromptu Easter Sunday speech, Pope Francis on Sunday encouraged people to hold fast in their "fearful hearts" to faith despite all the wars, sickness and hatred in the world, acknowledging that many wonder where God is amid so much evil and suffering.

Christians in the north country celebrate Easter. The whole relationship with Christianity is that point. In the Bible, it says when they're all gathered, Jesus reveals himself to them and doubting Thomases touch his wounds as proof of who he is."There is no shortage of suffering in the world".

Bishop Teodosije holds a wooden cross during an Easter vigil mass in the monastery of Gracanica during an Easter service, Kosovo Sunday, April 16, 2017. The Western Christian church follows the Gregorian calendar, while the Eastern Orthodox uses the older Julian calendar, so the two Easters are often weeks apart.

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"The significance of Easter is it reflects hope that there is life beyond this world".

She said the death of Jesus to pay a debt he did not owe was for the salvation of mankind. According to tradition the flame appears each year at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and is taken to other Orthodox countries.

The worshippers, attired in their best clothes, attended the midnight mass.

Church leaders said a holiday like Easter is a great chance to bring everyone together.

Irinej evoked Kosovo, Serbia's former province which declared independence in 2008.

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