Pope Francis holds Easter Sunday mass with tens of thousands in St Peter's ...

Pope Francis welcomed worshipers into the Vatican City in observance of Easter Sunday at the Basilica  The faithful underwent tight security checks including comprehensive bag searches with metal wands Francis tweeted to his followers: 'Jesus is alive! The experience is at the heart of the Christian message'

By Alex Green For Mailonline

Published: 10:00 BST, 1 April 2018 | Updated: 10:00 BST, 1 April 2018

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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.'

Pilgrims from across 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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