In small hours of Sunday, believers of the Roman Catholic Church started celebrating Easter, the oldest Christian holiday that marks the Christ’s resurrection. In the Catholic Church, the holiday is one of the most solemn and beloved ones.
This year’s festive events in St. Peter’s cathedral in Vatican (Rome), where Pope Francis held the holiday mass, were heavily secured due to the most recent terrorist attacks in Brussels.
The Pope urged all believers to keep the faith, despite the horrible things taking place around the world. “Help us to stay away from darkness and fear”, he said during the prayer.
Ukraine’s community of Roman Catholics (about 400 thousand people, which makes 1 percent of the country’s population) celebrates the holiday as well. The main festive events are held at Ukraine’s largest Catholic shrines in Kyiv, Zhytomyr (northern Ukraine) and other cities.