Holy Week News
Pope Francis delivers Easter message to the world
Pope Francis spoke to tens of thousands of people in Saint Peter's Square.
Pope Francis celebrates Easter Sunday at the Vatican
The pontiff prayed for an end to armed conflict and peace in the Middle East in his "message to the city and the world."
Pope denounces corruption, injustices that 'crucify' dignity
Pope Francis on Saturday denounced how migrants, the poor and marginalized see their "human dignity crucified" every day through injustices and corruption, and urged the faithful in an Easter Vigil message to keep hope alive for a better future
Security is heightened for Easter at churches in Rome and around the world
The holiday comes a week after bombs went off at Palm Sunday services at two churches in Egypt.
AP PHOTOS: A selection of pictures from the past week
PHOTO GALLERY: Demonstrator runs for cover in Santiago, Chile; schoolboys sing during performance in Pyongyang, North Korea; Holy Week penitents sip coffee in Zaragoza, Spain.
AP PHOTOS: New trends join old Easter traditions in Romania
New trends are joining old traditions in Romania this Easter . In the predominantly Christian Orthodox country of 19 million, age-old crafts such as intricate egg decorating and painted religious icons are a major feature of the Holy Week run-up to Easter Sunday. But a more commercial flavor has
Widow of Italian right-to-die protagonist turns herself in
The widow of an Italian man who became a protagonist in Italy's euthanasia debate has turned herself into police after bringing another terminally ill man to Switzerland to die
AP PHOTOS: Editor selections from Latin America, Caribbean
AP PHOTOS: Violent protests continue in Venezuela, a corruption scandal further engulfs Brazil and the region celebrates Holy Week
Unrest spreads to Venezuelan slums seen as pro-government
Scattered protests flared in slums that have long been a bulwark of support for Venezuela's socialist leaders only hours after a pro-government rally degenerated into heckling of President Nicolas Maduro
Egypt beefs up security outside churches ahead of Easter
Outside of Cairo's St. Mark's Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic Orthodox Pope, a dozen high-ranking police officers are stationed on all entrances, as security measures are visibly beefed up outside churches before Easter prayers on Sunday