By Alex Green For Mailonline
Published: 10:00 BST, 1 April 2018 | Updated: 10:00 BST, 1 April 2018
Tens of thousands of faithful underwent heavy security checks as they massed in St Peter's Square in the Vatican City in observance of Easter Sunday Mass.
Pope Francis opened Easter festivities with a Tweet to his global flock: 'Our faith is born on Easter morning: Jesus is alive! The experience is at the heart of the Christian message.'iPhone transfer software
Pilgrims from across Italy and around the world gathered in the square decorated with spring flowers to hear Francis deliver the traditional 'Urbi et Orbi' (to the city and to the world) Easter message from the central balcony of the resplendent St Peter's Basilica.
Security precautions included bag checks and metal detector wands for everyone entering the square.
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