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 gives his "Urbi et Orbi" blessing to the faithful in the square and around the world.
"And so we ask the risen Jesus, who turns death into life, to change hatred into love, vengeance into forgiveness, war into peace,” said the pope.
That is always a high point in the papal mass on Easter.
The newly-elected pope has had a very busy schedule with holy week activities.