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Pope's prayers lead Easter celebration

POPE Francis lay on the ground as he prayed during the celebration of the Lord's Passion in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

Meanwhile, other religious celebrations for Easter took place around the world.

In the Nigerian city of Lagos, a man playing the role of Jesus Christ was escorted during a ritual procession re-enacting his death.

Similar Holy Week celebrations were held in Gdansk, northern Poland and London's Trafalgar Square.