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Pope Francis Celebrates Easter Sunday

Tens of thousands gather in the Vatican to attend Easter mass.
2:27 | 03/31/13

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All right, ron, thank you. To pope celebrating his first easter mass at st. Peter's today. He greeted the crowd from the popemobile, waving to the faithful. He even kissed a few babies. Abc's alex perez is in rome, hey, alex. Reporter: The crowd started arriving very early this morning. An estimated 250,000 people here, all of them trying to be a part of history. Crowd, filled with people from around the world. Packing st. Peter's square this morning, the anticipation and excitement is in the air. She traveled to rome all of the way from las vegas. I never imagined that I would be here on easter sunday with a new poppe. It's something that's unfathomable. Reporter: Pope francis started the day with a tweet. Accept the risen jesus into your life. Even if you have been far away, take a small step towards him. He awaits you with open arms, he wrote. And with a solemn entrance, he began his first easter celebration as pope. Setting a new tone with the papacy, chooses to wear simple, white vestments. For many, this is the once in a lifetime moment they have been waiting for. He's the first pope that isn't european and kind of a whole new vibe is coming into the vatican, so, it's a pretty big deal for most people here. You can see it walking through the streets, lot of enthusiasm for this. And I came he to experience it. Reporter: The pope ended the celebration with his address. Continuing his style of breaking with tradition, he joined the crowd waving, blessing babies and even this tender moment as he embraced and kissed a disabled child. And if you talked to people out here on the square it's the all gestures that they say make this pope, pope francis, much more approachable. He ended his blessing in just one language, italian, saying italian. We're impressed by your italian. We appreciate it. Very moving. One of america's most powerful catholics, one man once considered to be pope himself,

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