Holidays

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, centre and members of the Royal family arrive for the Easter Mattins Service at St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Sunday, April 1, 2018. (Tolga Akmen/Pool Photo via AP)
April 01, 2018 - 10:34 am
LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William and his wife, Kate, and other senior British royals celebrated an Easter church service Sunday at the chapel where Prince Harry and American fiancee Meghan Markle will get married in May. Harry and Markle did not attend the service at St. George's...
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Pope Francis delivers his Urbi et Orbi (to the city and to the world) message from the main balcony of St. Peter's Basilica, at the Vatican, Sunday, April 1, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
April 01, 2018 - 8:58 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — On Christianity's most joyful day, Pope Francis called for peace in a world marked by war and conflict, "beginning with the beloved and long-suffering land of Syria" and extending to Israel, where 15 Palestinians were killed on the Israeli-Gaza border two days before Easter...
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April 01, 2018 - 4:25 am
JERUSALEM (AP) — Hundreds of Christians are marking Easter by flocking to Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built on the site where they believe Jesus was crucified, buried and resurrected. Worshippers prayed and sang hymns Sunday in the church in Jerusalem's Old City as they lined up to...
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Catholic clergy walk during the Washing of the Feet procession at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, traditionally believed by many Christians to be the site of the crucifixion and burial of Jesus Christ, in Jerusalem, Thursday, March 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)
March 29, 2018 - 5:19 pm
JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli authorities said Thursday that they have decided to block most of Gaza's small Christian community from entering Israel for Easter celebrations, citing security concerns. Israel maintains a blockade over the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip and restricts entry from the territory. But...
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Pope Francis washes the feet of inmates during his visit to the Regina Coeli detention center in Rome, Thursday, March 29, 2018, where he celebrated the "Missa in Coena Domini". Pope Francis visit to a prison on Holy Thursday to wash the feet of some inmates, stresses in a pre-Easter ritual that a pope must serve society's marginalized and give them hope. (Vatican Media via AP)
March 29, 2018 - 1:39 pm
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged inmates at a Rome prison on Thursday to never let their hopes be clouded like cataracts cloud the eyes — and revealed that he suffers from the condition and has to have surgery for it next year. Francis, 81, disclosed the news as he bid farewell to inmates and staff...
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Patricia Padauy, right, passes a handwritten note to her friend Sharamy Angarita, as they clean and sort out items at the memorial site of Padauy's son Joaquin Oliver in Parkland, Fla., Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Volunteers, students and parents were sorting items left at the memorial sited for the 17 students and faculty killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Valentine's Day. Flowers and plants will be composted while all other items will catalogued and saved. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)
March 28, 2018 - 1:18 pm
PARKLAND, Fla. (AP) — A team of volunteers has begun dismantling the sprawling display of balloons, flowers, teddy bears and tributes left in memory of the 17 people gunned down in a Valentine's Day shooting at a Florida high school. The Sun Sentinel reports the objects will be preserved in climate...
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This image released by NBC shows, clockwise from foreground center, John Legend as Jesus Christ, Sara Bareilles as Mary Magdalene, Alice Cooper as King Herod, Brandon Victor Dixon as Judas Iscariot and Jason Tam as Peter from the NBC production, "Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert," airing April 1. (James Dimmock/NBC via AP)
March 28, 2018 - 10:35 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Most Easter Sundays, you can find John Legend at home, helping cook a big dinner for family and friends. Except this Easter. He'll be a little busy — being Jesus Christ in front of millions. Legend leads a cast that includes Sara Bareilles and Alice Cooper in a live NBC version of...
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March 27, 2018 - 10:24 am
MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — Police say an Ohio woman has been arrested for making lewd comments to an Easter Bunny. Authorities say they were called to Richland Carrousel Park in Mansfield on Saturday after the woman made the comments while taking a picture with the Easter Bunny. Police report she began...
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March 26, 2018 - 6:47 am
(The Conversation is an independent and nonprofit source of news, analysis and commentary from academic experts.) Richard Gunderman, Indiana University (THE CONVERSATION) This year, one of the most essential holy days in the Christian calendar, Easter, coincides with perhaps the silliest of annual...
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A Kosovo dervish, a follower of Sufism a mystical form of Islam that preaches tolerance and a search for understanding, holds a metal spear that is used during a ceremony marking Nowruz day in the Tekke's prayer room in the southern Kosovo town of Prizren on Thursday, March 22, 2018. (AP Photo/Visar Kryeziu)
March 23, 2018 - 9:37 am
PRIZREN, Kosovo (AP) — For an Islamic dervish order in southern Kosovo, it's time for the annual celebration to mark the new year, the birthday of the sect's founder and spring. That means holding a religious ceremony which includes hypnotic chanting, swaying and the piercing of male members'...
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