VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis is leading his first Easter Sunday mass as leader of the Roman Catholic Church.
Tens of thousands packed Saint Peter's Square to hear the Pope deliver his sermon and prayers.
This is the holiest day on the Christian calendar.
After the communion rite, the Pontiff will give his "Urbi et Orbi" blessing to the faithful in the square and around the world:
"Dear brothers and sisters, Christ died and rose once for all and for everyone. The power of the resurrection this Passover from slavery to evil, to the freedom of goodness must be accomplished in every age in our complete existence in our every day lives. How many deserts even today do humans need to cross above all the desert within when we have no love for God, or for our neighbors. When we fail to realize we are all guardians of all the creator has given us and continues to give us."
This is always a high point in the papal mass on Easter.