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Easter Mass held at shuttered Church of the Holy Sepulchre

At Jerusalem’s Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where many Christians believe Jesus was crucified and entombed, Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa urges the faithful to not be discouraged.

“Despite the sign of death and fear that we are seeing everywhere all over the world, we have to look at the good all those that are giving their lives for the others,” he says.

Only a handful of clergy are on hand for the Mass, and the streets of the Old City surrounding the church are empty of pilgrims and vendors who would normally be doing brisk business.

“The message of Easter is that life, despite all will prevail,” says Pizzaballa, the top Roman Catholic cleric in the Holy Land.

Header: A Christian worshiper prays in front of the closed door of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem’s Old City, before the start of the Easter Sunday service, on April 12, 2020. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)

Source — AP