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Major Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus

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Easter: Major Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus
Easter, also called Pascha or Resurrection Sunday, is a festival and holiday commemorating the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, described in the New Testament as having occurred on the third day after his burial following his crucifixion by the Romans at Calvary c. 30 AD. It is the culmination of the Passion of Jesus, preceded by Lent, a 40-day period of fasting, prayer, and penance.

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Easter on Mt. Athos

The spiritual heart of Orthodox Christianity, Mt. Athos is home to 20 monasteries. 60 Minutes got rare access to one for Holy Week services in 2018.
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Amid stricter lockdown, Greeks roast lamb to celebrate Easter

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A Holy Land Easter season like no other - under the shadow of coronavirus

Orthodox Christians celebrated Easter in Jerusalem on Sunday, bringing to a close a holiday season uniquely devoid of the colourful ceremonies that would normally have echoed around the Old City's..
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Belarusians flock to churches for Easter, defy stay home calls

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Bulgarian Christians celebrate Easter amid coronavirus outbreak

Hundreds of Bulgarian Christians flocked to the Orthodox temples for outdoor services on a surreal Saturday night with the Balkan state one of the few countries where churches remained open over the..
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Holy Fire lit as Orthodox Easter bells echo over near-empty Jerusalem

The Holy Fire ceremony symbolising Jesus' resurrection was lit in a deserted Jerusalem on Saturday, without the joyful throng of Orthodox Christian pilgrims who normally attend a spectacle that brings..
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In northern Spain, lamb farming feels chill winds of coronavirus

At this time of year, Miguel Angel Rivilla is usually swamped with work, selling his prized sheep to markets throughout Spain for "lechal" - a cherished dish of roasted, unweaned lamb popular at Easter..
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Orthodox church forsakes Via Dolorosa procession in Jerusalem

The streets of Jerusalem's Old City were eerily quiet on Friday, after Greek Orthodox church authorities cancelled the traditional Easter procession along the Via Dolorosa amid a nationwide coronavirus..
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Greeks prepare for muted Easter under extra lockdown measures

Greece is preparing for a muted Orthodox Easter this year after the authorities strictly forbade the traditional spirited celebrations of mass church attendance, firecrackers and large family..
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Satellite images show storm damage in southern US

Satellite images by Maxar show damaged homes, schools and farm buildings in Tennessee and Mississippi after devastating storms on Easter Sunday. (April 15)  
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French coronavirus toll jumps by record 1,438 deaths

The number of people who died from coronavirus infection in France jumped by 1,438 or 9.1% to 17,167 in the biggest single-day increase as a number of nursing homes reported cumulative tolls following..
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Australian PM urges schools to re-open so parents can go back to work

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Wednesday urged schools to reopen after Easter holidays so students did not lose a year of education and parents could work, as health authorities reiterated..
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On a socially distant Easter, the skies part just long enough

Neighbors in Oklahoma City, isolated by coronavirus and subdivision fences, join together in song.  
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Coronavirus not contained in Germany, warns institute as government weighs easing

A lowering in the number of new coronavirus cases in Germany is probably due to less testing over Easter and the outbreak is not yet contained, a top health institute cautioned on Tuesday a day before..
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Watch church services on TV, order Easter eggs by phone, Kazakh Christians told

Kazakhstan's Orthodox Christians should watch Easter services on television and order eggs and other festive foods by phone as churches remain closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, the country's top..
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Spain, Austria allow partial return to normal from coronavirus lockdowns

Spain and Austria allowed partial returns to work after the Easter holiday on Tuesday but Britain, France and India extended their lockdowns to try to rein in the coronavirus outbreak, the most serious..
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Coronavirus not yet contained in Germany: Robert Koch institute

A lower number of new coronavirus cases in Germany in recent days is likely due to less testing over Easter and the outbreak is not yet contained, the head of the Robert Koch health institute said on..
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Bishop Who Defied Social Distancing Dies After Contracting Covid-19, Church Says

The death of Bishop Gerald O. Glenn of the New Deliverance Evangelistic Church in Chesterfield, Va., was announced during Easter services.
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250-year-old U.S. Easter tradition's horns silenced by coronavirus pandemic

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5 powerful quotes from live-streamed Easter Sunday services around the world

As states limited religious celebrations ahead of Easter weekend, many churches opted to hold remote services.  
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Brutal storms moving into the East after a harrowing night of tornadoes in the South leaves 18 dead

The Eastern Seaboard braced for an onslaught of severe weather Monday after tornadoes pounded the South on Easter night.
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Easter tornadoes in Deep South cause multiple deaths

An Easter storm system that brought tornadoes to Mississippi and Louisiana caused multiple fatalities.
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Dolly Parton celebrates Easter in quarantine with joyous, solo performance of 'He's Alive'

Dolly Parton sang a soulful "He's Alive" from home Easter Sunday. Here's how stars like Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry spread Easter joy.
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Police take license numbers, issue notices as Kentucky church holds in-person Easter service

Outside an Easter Sunday service at Maryville Baptist Church in Kentucky, state troopers placed quarantine notices on parishioners' cars.
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Americans spend grim Easter Sunday at home as COVID-19 deaths near 22,000

Americans spent a glum Easter Sunday largely confined to their homes by the still-raging coronavirus pandemic as the U.S. death toll neared 22,000, with more than half a million confirmed cases..
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Andrea Bocelli brought light to Easter amid coronavirus crisis with "Music for Hope" a livestream concert performed in Italy's empty Duomo di Milano.
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Church organizes drive in service for Easter

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Portuguese priest celebrates Easter from convertible microcar

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On Easter Sunday, Christians Remember: ‘We Will Rise Out of the Dust’

Amid a pandemic, millions of Americans refashioned rituals and grasped for hope in the story of Jesus’ resurrection.
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On Easter, New York vet builds crosses in yard to honor every coronavirus victim in his county

Jim Corbett doesn't personally know any victims of the coronavirus in Monroe County, New York, but he's honoring them one by one.
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As the possibility of fierce storms swirled on Easter Sunday, communities must decide whether to open tornado shelters amid the coronavirus pandemic.
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What stores are open Easter Sunday 2020? Here's the list of who is open and who will stay closed

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Florida church fills the pews on Easter weekend — with photos of members staying at home

Faith leaders find new ways to connect with their congregation during a time of social distancing to stop the COVID-19 pandemic.
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