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Pope Francis Welcomes New Members into Church

Pope Presides at Easter Vigil in St. Peter’s Basilica

Pope Francis presided at the Easter Vigil on April 20, 2019, in the Vatican Basilica. The Rite began in the atrium of St. Peter’s with the blessing of the fire and the preparation of the Paschal candle. The procession to the Altar, with the Easter candle lit and the song of the Exultet, was followed by the Liturgy of the Word and the Baptismal Liturgy, during which the Pope administered the Sacraments of Christian initiation to 8 people joining the Church from Italy, Albania, Ecuador, Indonesia, and Peru.

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