Pope presides over trimmed Easter Vigil service

8:15 PM, Mar 30, 2013   |    comments
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VATICAN CITY (AP) - In a few hours, Pope Francis will celebrate Easter Mass at the Vatican and deliver his "Urbi et Orbi" speech, Latin for "To the city and the world." Usually the pope also issues Easter greetings in dozens of languages.

Francis celebrated a trimmed back Easter Vigil service at St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday night, after having reached out to Muslims and women during a Holy Week in which he has begun to put his mark on the Catholic Church.

After the service Saturday night, the pope baptized four men as part of the ritual.

Typically, after the busy Easter week ceremonies, the pope would go to the papal retreat at Castel Gandolfo for a few days of vacation. Francis can't do that since the previous pope, Benedict XVI, is currently living there in retirement.

The Vatican says Francis will stay put in the Vatican.

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