April 19 - Pope Francis presides at Vatican Mass, leading Catholics into Easter and maintains the Easter Vigil tradition by baptizing ten people. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION). STORY: Pope Francis on Saturday (April 19) led Easter rites commemorating what Christians believe was Jesus' resurrection from the dead and urged people to rediscover direction in their lives. Marking the second Easter season of his pontificate, the Argentine pope said Mass before some 10,000 people in St. Peter's Basilica, the largest church in Christendom. The faithful held lit candles as the pope walked up the main aisle. During Saturday night's service he presided at an Easter vigil tradition by baptizing 10 people, including three Italian boys and eight adults aged between 34 and 58 from Italy Belarus, Senegal, Lebanon, France and Vietnam. In his homily, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholic Francis recounted the Biblical story of how the faith of the apostles had been shaken after Jesus' death but confirmed by the women who found Jesus' tomb empty after his resurrection. On Sunday (April 20), Francis will conduct an Easter Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square and deliver his twice yearly "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing and message.